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Grandma Lives In Us is a  heartwarming story which teaches emotional intelligence.  



Book Review by Christine van Reeuwyk from Peninsula News Review: 

Adelina Gotera’s first children’s book, Grandma Lives in Us hits a trifecta of giving.
She sees a missing niche for stories on death, wants to help children in the Philippines enjoy play, and creates books where parent’s can cast their child as the lead.
Gotera was inspired to write the book after watching her daughter deal with a death in the family. The adult characters in the story are modeled after her siblings, and the first scene in the tale actually happened.
“It just came to my mind right after my mother’s death in 2009,” she explained. After working with kids for more than a decade, Gotera feels there’s little in the way of a children’s books dealing with death.
“I really would like to help,” she explained. “I felt I should write something about it … venture into this topic.”
In Grandma Lives in Us, a young child named Simone finds peace after the death of her grandmother. She learns a little about how, as the title suggests, Grandma lives on through her family, from gentle gestures, to her scent.
The illustrations are by Philippine artist Aubrey Tecson;  partial proceeds of the book will go to children’s charities in the Philippines, Gotera said. The early childhood education worker visited her ailing mother in the Philippines prior to the elder woman’s death in 2009. Working throughout the school year at StrongStart at Brentwood elementary school — a portable stuffed with bright toys, painting tables and play-dough — Gotera was struck by the contrast of the conditions children play in overseas.
“A lot of children do not have spaces to play. They play in the streets, no toys,” she said. “I want to make a difference.”
While Gotera doesn’t see many parents looking to cast a child in a book about death, she has two other books in the making — both of which will have the option to be personalized.

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A children’s book like no other, “Grandma Lives In Us” by Adelina Gotera provides a powerful antidote to the poisonous fear of death that so often stunts a child’s behavioral growth and personality development.
It tackles the hot-potato subject of death head-on minus the hair-raising shock effect seen in horror or ghost stories.

Reading the book, a children are led to a gentle realization of how death is intertwined with life, providing them with an effective shock-absorbed and learning tool in coping with such an event when it hits home.

For parents who are at a loss on how to properly introduce the subject of death to their young children without inducing fear or stoking grief, the attractive, colourful designed and easily readable little book serves as a magical key to open their mind to the full realization of the fact that death is just like birth, a natural process of life that should not be traumatic at all.

“Grandma Lives In Us” is a book that conquers the fear of death among children.
The book was a Finalist in the Canadian Poetry Institute’s Fall 2009 short story contest and was featured in the “Golden Roads Anthology of Short Stories.”



What readers are saying about “Grandma Lives In Us”:

 “Adelina's book cleverly deals with the sensitive subject of death in a way children can understand and relate to. This book would be a wonderful companion to any child upon the death of a loved one.”
 “A thoughtful way to introduce children to the idea of death and dying. Lovely and expressive illustrations.”
 “A skillfully executed storybook to help a young child get through the loss of a loved family member.”

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