I know my grandmother loved caramel cake and my grandfather's poker group was called "the Jolly Boys," but since their recent deaths I've realized just how much I don't
know about them. I think all three of us would have had fun with the interview prompts outlined in this wonderful journal, designed to help younger generations learn more about their grandparents. From basic facts ("Where did you grow up?"
and "What languages were spoken in your home?"
) to thoughtful insight ("What did your mother teach you about life?"
and "How has religion or spirituality enriched your life?"
) to fun childhood tidbits ("How much did a movie ticket cost?"
and "What kind of hairstyle did you have?"
), each question helps to create an informative portrait of the interviewee's life. Though designed for grandparents, there's also a section for interviewing friends and other family members, as well as a fill-in-the-blank family tree. Whether completed at your next holiday gathering or filled in over time, this cherished keepsake will be an invaluable tool for keeping your family history alive. (KG)