BATAVIA – An illustrated children’s book by a Batavia author celebrates the relationship between kids and the grandmothers who are raising them.
Willie Etta Wright has written a rhyming book, “Grandma Mable, Are You Able?,” which was newly published.
“According to the 2010 statistics in Illinois, about 211,919 children under the age of 18 were living in grandparent-headed homes,” Wright stated in an email, noting that 101,951 grandparents were responsible for raising grandchildren. “I imagine that those numbers have increased in the past nine years.”
The author said she has witnessed grandparents, particularly grandmothers, raising their grandchildren in her community. Her book is about one such woman who embraces the challenges and adventures of raising her grandson.
In previewing the plot, Amazon includes that Jacob’s classroom is having a Family Exercise Day. He wants to participate, but wonders if he has a chance to win, given that his family only consists of Grandma Mable, his dog Friendly, and Jacob himself, who spends a lot of time sitting and playing video games.