“Grammy Lamby and the Secret Handshake” by Kate Klise and M. Sarah Klise



I hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving dinner, great Black Friday deals, or an exciting football marathon- whatever you were looking for in this holiday weekend. For many of us, Thanksgiving is about getting together with the family. The more the merrier. After all, you need a big crew (of non-vegetarians)  to eat the whole bird, right? And that’s why, regardless of how crowded the roads and airports are, we still go to see our relatives, or they come to visit us.


Although today’s post and book are not about Thanksgiving, they are about visiting. More precisely, visiting by grandmas. From my experience, grandmas who live far away, have it harder to bond with her grandchildren, than a grandma from the house next door. Perhaps I shouldn’t generalize, and I don’t mean to sound cruel, but little children naturally follow the ‘out of sight, out of mind’ rule. So, what should  a grandma who doesn’t get to see her grandchildren often do, in order to keep the spark between her and her grandchildren?


Grammy Lamby had a bright idea. She invented a secret handshake. When she came to visit her grandson Larry, she squeezed his hand three times. Three squeezes meant three words: “I love you”. Larry didn’t warm up to this idea immediately, though. She found grandma odd, if not embarrassing. Grammy Lamby had to prove herself and her time to do so came… with a storm. When Larry saw how fearless his Grammy was, how hard she worked to help repair the damage the storm caused to the house and town, and what a good story-teller she was to boot, Larry gave his Grammy a chance. She was no longer odd. She was a great companion, if not a hero! Did Larry eventually take to the secret handshake idea?  Even better. He invented his own squeeze code, that only him and his Grammy understood. 

“Grammy Lamby and the Secret Handshake” is a wonderful celebration of a unique bond, that can develop between grandmas and their grandchildren. It takes a little creativity, a little trick, and quite some patience, but once grandmas find out what drives their little guys, they won’t have to wait long to win over the little hearts. And isn’t it worth it!








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