What better way to celebrate a birthday than to have a new birth! That's exactly what popular author/illustrator Tomie dePaola has given his classic Nana Upstairs & Nana Downstairs (ages 4-8). Originally released 25 years ago, this wonderful generational story is based on dePaola's childhood experiences when he would visit his grandmother (Nana Downstairs in the kitchen) and his great-grandmother (Nana Upstairs in her bedroom). Every Sunday afternoon the small boy in the story (Tommy) sits chatting and eating candy with the older woman, watching the two comb their long hair, taking naps, going out for ice cream with the men in the family. Eventually Nana Upstairs dies and Tommy mourns, but his mother's explanation of a shooting star gives him a new dimension of understanding.
dePaola has created new full-color illustrations in soft, warm tones for the 25th anniversary edition of this tribute to families. It also happens to be the 200th book he has illustrated. Happy birthday, dear Nana Upstairs & Nana Downstairs.