This is such a delightful book by Dinalie Daberera. The title oozes irony as the use of onomatopoeia demonstrates that the time with seeya is anything but quiet. The language difference between the young girl and her grandfather is certainly no barrier to their treasured time together, filled with shared experiences, loads of fun and brimming with love. Dabarera's gentle illustrations enhance the sense of togetherness, and the endpapers are a lovely touch.
The author-illustrator has some fascinating 'back matter' - a photo accompanying her inspiration for the book, namely her Sinhalese grandmother who migrated to Australia and the subsequent challenges that followed. Daberera speaks here with the same affection that is carried through the story.
This book would be a terrific addition to any school library or preschool collection, and will be enjoyed by families regardless of their backgrounds.
Social and emotional learning