Nana Upstairs and Nana Downstairs

By Tomie de Paola

Published by G.P. Putnam’s Sons 1973

Tommy has a grandmother and a great-grandmother that he visits each week.  Great-grandmother stays upstairs because she is very old, and Grandmother takes care of her.  Tommy calls them Nana Upstairs and Nana Downstairs, and he loves spending time with them.  When Nana Upstairs dies, Tommy learns about losing someone, and the grief that comes with it.  

This book teaches about death and losing a loved one– great for all ages of student, particularly younger elementary.

Accessed: Augusta County Library


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