by Najiyyah Avery
In My Grandmotherís House Plant, author Najiyyah Avery shares a splendid tale of childhood mischief and family relationships.
Nini has a huge, beautiful house plant she always keeps by the window, and sheís proud to tell her grandchildren how she grew it from only two tiny leaves. Every weekend Khaleem, who is seven, and his five-year-old brother, Tijaris, and their two cousins, Zykia, who is three, and baby Jahqail go to their grandmother Niniís house. Zykiaís a constant trouble maker and leaves a trail of disorder wherever she goes.
One Saturday morning when the children are supposed to be watching cartoons, Zykia decides to run around instead. Tijaris knows he had better catch her before she gets them all in trouble, which is exactly what she does.
My Grandmotherís House Plant is a delightful story that is sure to entertain both grandparents and grandchildren alike.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Najiyyah Avery was born in Asheville, North Carolina. She was recognized as the first African-American woman to graduate from the carpentry, cabinetmaking, blueprints reading and architect designing class at Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College in 1989. She also founded The Gussie Wardlaw Open Arms Foundation.
Ms. Avery enjoys writing poetry and stories for children. She has been inspired by a close friend along with her three sons Joshua, Genya, Jailateef, and the four oldest of her grandchildren. The author is currently a resident of Atlanta, Georgia.
(2003, saddlewire, 16 pages)