As she has so often done before, Nana really saved the day the other day with a short-notice visit. I suppose it helps that Maya has her wrapped around her finger. Nana days are great for Maya since they're all about Maya; none of that other stuff like broken sewers getting in the way of the fun.
Sally Lloyd-Jones has written a handy, if tongue-in-cheek, owners manual for grandkids, The Ultimate Guide to Grandmas and Grandpas!, illustrated by Michael Emberley. It begins, "When you have a grandma or a grandpa, you have to sing and dance for them and paint lovely pictures for them."
Having grandparents is a big responsibility for youngsters. "You need to scream and run away when they pretend to be a monster. And let them chase you around the backyard." But a kid's gotta' do what a kid's gotta' do. "You must always let them give you presents. And keep you up too late."
With all the humor in this book, Lloyd-Jones doesn't neglect to get down to the real essentials in the end. "But mostly, when you have a grandma or a grandpa, you need to kiss them. And hug them. And always love them. Because that's what grandmas and grandpas like best in all the world."
The illustrations depict a variety of animal "grands". "The Ultimate Guide..." would make a great gift for your folks to let them know how much you appreciate them.