My Two Grandads by Floella Benjamin


My Two Grandads by Floella Benjamin

Aston's Grandad Roy played in a steel band and Grandad Harry played the trumpet in a brass band. Aston always enjoyed going to visit them and listen to them practise. But soon he wanted to join in. So he asked Grandad Roy to teach him to play the steel drums and then he asked Grandad Harry to teach him to play the trumpet. He loved practising both instruments. Then the school needs a band to play at the school fair, and both grandads want their own band to play. Finaly Aston had an idea - both bands join together to make one big band, and Aston joins in first on steel drums and then on trumpet. This delightful story of a mixed-race family reconciling their very different cultures is a wonderful celebration of diverse cultures. Written by one of Britain's foremost campaigners and media personalities and illustrated by a highly regarded illustrator, this book is sure to build on the success of My Two Grannies.


If anyone is qualified to depict the multi-cultural experience, our Baroness Benjamin of Beckenham is and here we get the tale of two grandads and all the trumpet-blowing and drum-banging, not to mention embarrassing dad dancing, that entails. Families South East A cheering tale about what can happen when we co-operate despite our differences. Juno My Two Grandad's

's a pleasure to read, especially with Margaret Chamberlain's bright and lively illustrations emphasising its joyous nature... The story is told in a direct and easy manner which children will love either reading or hearing... Lovely! Armadillo Magazine A great read for a confident reader although ideal for adults to read aloud and discuss or sing along with the children! Early Years Educator How refreshing to find books that avoid the 'token black'

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About the Author

Floella Benjamin

Floella Benjamin was born in Trinidad in 1949 and came to England in 1960. She is an actress, presenter, writer, producer, working peer and an active advocate for the welfare and education of children. She is best known as a presenter of the iconic BBC children's television programmes Play School and Play Away, and she continues to make children's programmes. Her broadcasting work has been recognized with a Special Lifetime Achievement BAFTA and OBE. She was appointed a Baroness in the House of Lords in 2010. In 2012 she was presented with the prestigious J. M. Barrie Award by Action for Children's Arts, for her lasting contribution to children's lives through her art. Floella has written thirty books, including Coming to England, which is used as a resource in schools in social and cross-curricular areas. The book was adapted into an award-winning film for BBC Education.

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32 pages
Interest Age: From 5


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Publication date

3rd March 2011



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