With her 10th birthday coming up, Nandi is eager to receive a special gift that she’s never asked for before, something that makes her feel like she’s really growing up and becoming more like her big sister Vanessa. She and her buddies Anara and Lila have some very important studying to do for school, but Nandi’s excitement about her birthday causes her to lose focus and head down a path she wasn’t expecting to go.
In the end, it’s her Grandma Janie who teaches her a very important lesson and gives her the best gift she’s ever received. The unexpected gift her grandmother gives her is not only a gift for Nandi, but for you as well!
Great Gift Book: Nandi’s Unexpected Gift by Ama Kuma
Genre: Children’s Book (6-11). Beautiful Illustrations Inside.
BOOK EXCERPT: NANDI’S UNEXPECTED GIFT
When her mother finally pulled up in the driveway, Nandi jumped to her feet and sprinted to retrieve the carefully crafted list from under her pillow. Before her mother even made it to the front door, Nandi was already at the entrance, jumping up and down, flailing her arms about, and yelling, “Mama, Mama, I finished my birthday list!”
Her mother sighed as she rubbed Nandi’s cheek and replied, “That’s wonderful, baby doll, but give me a chance to get settled for a minute before I take a look at what you got, okay? Today was a long day at work, and I just need some peace and quiet. Also, I need you to grab another umbrella and help me get the rest of the groceries out of the back seat.”
Reluctantly, Nandi put her list down and ran back to her room to get an umbrella. She didn’t realize all the noise she’d been making had woken her grandmother from her slumber.
“Hey, now, Di-Di, what have I told you ’bout runnin’ in the house?” her grandmother said. “Child, one day you gonna fly into a wall like a lost bird or knock over a lamp.”
“Sorry, Grandmama Janie,” Nandi replied respectfully. “I’m just excited to show Mama my birthday list. I finished it up last night.”
“That’s fine and dandy honey, but you still can’t go around runnin’ like a wild boar. You almost scared your poor Grandmama to death. I ain’t no spring chicken no more,” she said with a heavy sigh. “Now let me take a look at this list that’s got you actin’ all crazy.”
( Continued… )
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