Mormor Moves In
Astrid is excited when she finds out that her Swedish grandmother, Mormor, will be coming to live with Astrid's family after Morfar's death. But when Mormor arrives she is sad and grumpy, and she disapproves of Astrid's beloved stuffed animal, Bjorn. The relationship seems doomed. Then one day on the way to school, something terrible happens that brings out the best in everyone in the end.
" ... A wonderful story that shows how a misunderstanding between the young Astrid and the elderly Mormor are overcome by the understanding of each other's feelings about the loss of something they both loved very much. I would recommend this book be part of any library or home collection and used to help remind us to treasure those we love."
-Canadian Children's Book News
"... It's a book about mourning, but it is more a book about compassion and tenderness - about giving another the space to be themselves, even when you can't understand them. Nielsen-Fernlund's story has just the right touch as the story never becomes maudlin nor heavily didactic. In few words, she creates an emotional situation that rings true ... Highly recommended."
"The author treats the topic of grieving in a very sympathetic and reasonable manner. At the same time, she injects the story with the irrepressible humor caused by Astrid and her reactions to the world around her ... a nice tale about inter-generational relationships and coping with grieving.
"This gentle tale, deftly told, has appealing illustrations in which the eyes of the characters, set in moon faces, seem to say it all."
-Globe and Mail