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When Grammy Comes to Play

Authors: Karen Wiswell and Kristine Rauenhorst

Illustrator: Shelley Dieterichs

Published by Lilja Press in 2016

Price: $14.99 hardcover

Karen Wiswell and her daughter Kristine Wiswell Rauenhorst, both from the Twin Cities, understand the special love grandparents feel for their grandchildren. Kristine's twin boys, George and Henry, love nothing more than spending time with their grandparents. Karen's diagnosis and battle with Acute Myelogenous Leukemia inspired this mother/daughter pair to write "When Grammy Comes to Play" as a legacy for George and Henry.

This story serves as a reminder that the relationship between grandparents and grandchildren is precious — and if they cannot be together, they can always meet in their dreams.

Proceeds from the sale of this book will be donated to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Minnesota Chapter.


"'When Grammy Comes to Play' is such a lovely story about the special bond and love between grandparents and their grandchildren. This beautifully written book perfectly depicts the sacred role grandmas have in helping to shape their grandchildren.

— Jenny Simmonds, Fairview Youth Grief Services program director

"The way Kristine and her mother, Karen, have handled the subject matter is impressive. Dreams are like a child's favorite 'lovey' — something that they can hold on to, much easier than we can as adults. 'When Grammy Comes to Play' is a beautifully written and illustrated book, and an excellent learning tool for any classroom."

— Cathy Burley, owner of ABC Express Inc., Edina, Minnesota

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