Natalie’s Art in Stories is a series of poignant picture books illustrated by Natalie’s oil paintings. Nana Plays is volume 2. Grandpa Smiles is volume 1.
Nana Plays is a picture book illustrated by original oil paintings. Simple words tell a powerful story about kindness and love. The illustrations are sweet and joyful, while also tender and sad. Watch Natalie paint the art used for Nana Plays by visiting the website address listed in this book.
The story is based on Natalie’s own experiences when she was her mother’s caregiver and she brought her youngest child to see Nana. Nana Plays is a comforting book to read aloud to young children, but the story also gently encourages adults who are the caregiver for a parent, while also raising a young child. The positivity in this story implies that your child will be stronger through caregiving. The little girl in the book is brave and kind when her grandmother becomes seriously ill. Kindness and courage are positive character developments that all children can benefit from.
The simple words and accompanying art also deliver a calming approach to accepting changes. But no matter how life changes, Nana’s love remains the same.