Beep Beep Bubbie

Bon­nie Sherr Klein, Elis­a­beth Eudes-Pas­cal (illus­tra­tor)

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By – April 20, 2021

Beep Beep Bub­bie deliv­ers joy in the sto­ry of a vibrant grand­moth­er who uses a motor scoot­er to get around, stay­ing vital, pro­duc­tive, and always on the go; accom­pa­nied by beguil­ing art on every page, in rich col­or, with expres­sive faces, and touch­es of humor through­out. This bub­bie is able to enter­tain and edu­cate her grand­chil­dren, instead of lim­it­ing her mobil­i­ty and shrink­ing her world.

When a grand­child is ini­tial­ly put off by the use of the scoot­er, fear­ful that time with Bub­bie will be dif­fi­cult and even sad, this indomitable grand­moth­er proves that life can be as rich and adven­tur­ous as ever, and that her scoot­er is only a tool which helps keep it that way. Fun times and new expe­ri­ences are still to be enjoyed and rel­ished and there is no need to be hes­i­tant or uncom­fort­able in the face of change.

Over­com­ing fear of Bubbie’s scoot­er eas­es the way to over­com­ing oth­er asso­ci­at­ed anx­i­eties. Now the chil­dren are open to new rela­tion­ships; no need to be inhib­it­ed, for exam­ple, with a child in a wheel­chair — here is the pos­si­bil­i­ty of a new friend. Lit­er­a­ture is anoth­er use­ful tool for broad­en­ing expe­ri­ences; a biog­ra­phy of Frances Willard, who fought for women to have the right to vote over a hun­dred years ago and who rode a bicy­cle to show the skep­tics of her time that women can do any­thing, helps put Bubbie’s new lifestyle in a broad­er con­text. Beep Beep Bub­bie is not only charm­ing, it is help­ful in teach­ing chil­dren to nav­i­gate a world where abil­i­ties may some­times dimin­ish but the appetite for adven­ture and the pos­si­bil­i­ties for find­ing mean­ing in life can con­tin­ue to flourish.

Michal Hoschan­der Malen is the edi­tor of Jew­ish Book Coun­cil’s young adult and children’s book reviews. A for­mer librar­i­an, she has lec­tured on top­ics relat­ing to lit­er­a­cy, run book clubs, and loves to read aloud to her grandchildren.

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