The Truly Terribly Horrible Sweater That Grandma Knit


Cameron does not like the sweater his Grandmother gives him as a gift. He complains about it until he sees her and she explains what was going through her mind as she made it. Each color she put into the knitted sweater stood for something that reminded her of him and their time together. In the end, he decides that the sweater is his favorite gift after all.

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

This is a good story about being thankful for family and gifts; and that sometimes after you learn more about something, it becomes even more special.

Content Awareness Factors:


Little Kid Reaction

My daughter picked this book from the New Arrivals shelf at our library. She really liked the message of the book. She told me that she would be more thankful now at the gifts people gave her because they put time into them. We read it several times. She was very impressed with the book.

Parent Reaction

I liked that it showed how much some people can put into giving gifts. It is not just about what you get from people but the love they are sending you by thinking of you. I also like that the message stuck with her.

Type of Book:
This is a story with lessons parents love to teach about being grateful for what you receive.
Educational Themes:

Although there emphasis in the story is helping the child appreciate what has been given to him, it is a good starting point for asking children to think about selecting meaningful gifts for others. These are some of the themes: Sharing, caring, thankfulness, accepting graciously, not rushing to judgment, and being open-minded about liking gifts even if you don’t like them right away.

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
8 to 10
Recommended Age To Read Together:
4 to 8
Age of child:
Read with a 5-year-old girl.
Purchase Recommendation:
Buy! This is a book that every parent will want to have handy before gift exchanges or as a reminder about showing respect and thankfulness for what we are given.

Title The Truly Terribly Horrible Sweater That Grandma Knit
Author Debbie Macomber, Mary Lou Carney
Publisher HarperCollins © 2009
Illustrators Vincent Nguyen
ISBN 9780061650932
Material Hard Cover
Genres Family, Life Lessons
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