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Maia and What Matters

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Maia and What Matters is a touching, elegant story from the pen of Tine Mortier. Accompanied by the elegant illustrations of Kaatje Vermeire it explores the relationship between Maia and her Grandma.

Tine Mortier harnesses the strong, feisty young character of Maia in few words. In fact, she sums up the essence of Maia's personality in one of the best openings to a picture book I've come across.

Maia is determined, strong, and full of adoration for her Grandma. The two of them spend their days running round the cherry tree, eating cakes and laughing.

Pretty good, eh?

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Until. One day. They don’t.

Maia’s confusion during her Grandma's recovery from the sudden illness is touching. Tine Mortier's ability to capture this so eloquently and so honestly, without drama and over simplification, is ... beautiful.

‘What’s going on? Why is everything so hard all of a sudden?’

Maia's determined character shines through. She insists on decorating her Grandma’s hospital bed, and becomes convinced she really is the only one who understands her.

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‘Maia knew exactly what Grandma was saying. She read it in her eyes and picked the letters out of Grandma’s mouth. Very carefully.’

Tine Mortier’s narrative is gentle yet bold, as it explores Maia’s relationship with her Grandma, their strong bond and their love of cake!

Mortier navigates this topic without being over sentimental, but with a savvy understanding of a young girl's thought process.

Kaatje Vermeire's illustrations provide great depth to the emotions Maia experiences, and celebrates the wonderful relationship with her Grandma. They bound from the page and are a true highlight.

I feel very privileged to have permission to show you two wonderful pages right here!

This is a fabulous book for exploring thoughts and ideas re Grandparents, it's a great one for encouraging discussion.

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Maia is an impatient little scamp. When something pops into her head, she wants it. Now! Right this minute! Her grandma’s just the same and they get along like a house on fire. One day Grandma falls ill and loses her control over words. The grown-ups don’t seem to understand her, but Maia never loses sight of her strong, wonderful grandma and knows exactly what she means.

A beautiful and accessible book about the enduring relationship between a grandmother and her granddaughter in the face of illness and aging.

Nitty Gritty


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