When Did I Meet You Grandma? [Clove Publications,
Inc.: May 1, 2000]
This tribute to all grandmothers will touch the heart of anyone
who ever had a special grandmother in his/her life.
A single narrator asks the question; When did I meet
you Grandma? setting out on a delightful romp to recall
many memories with Grandma. With an enchanting
blend of rhyme and whimsy, this book explores the wonders
of a grandmother. A special page in the front to paste a photo
of My Own Grandma and an interactive page in the
back for the grandchild or grandmother to record personal
memories add to this wonderful story of everyones grandmother.
With playful, full-color illustrations on every page, When
Did I Meet You Grandma? will bring a tear to your eye
and joy to your heart. A treasure for all generations, this
will surely be a favorite book to give as a gift for young
and old alike.
More from Laurie:
I moved to Colorado for a one year sabbatical to pursue
my dream of illustrating childrens books. In that time,
I managed to illustrate a novel cover, numerous childrens
book covers, a middle reader book and a wedding planner. But
when my one year sabbatical was up I still had not illustrated
a childrens book.
I decided to stay in Colorado and helped my sister open
a gift store. While working in her store, I was approached
by a man carrying several books. The one on top was Ol
Lady Grizelda, a book I had seen many times while keeping
up with the childrens picture book market. Before he
had the chance to say anything, I said, I love that
book! His eyes got really big and he said, You
do? I wrote the book. He was hoping we might want to
sell his books in the gift store.
One thing led to another and within a week he was looking
at my portfolio. He had been searching for a new artist and
when he was finished looking at my work, he said, You
can illustrate any one of my books you want. I read
about ten manuscripts and when I got to this grandmother story,
I knew it was the one I would illustrate.
-- Laurie McAdam
County News-Press article