Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Grandma Forgets by Paul Russell & Nicky Johnston? (Children's, Picture book, 10E/10E)

 August 2017, EK Books, 24 pages, Hardback, Review copy 

Summary from EK Books
Over the years, the little girl has built up a treasure trove of memories of time spent with Grandma: sausages for Sunday lunch, driving in her sky-blue car to the beach, climbing her apple trees while she baked a delicious apple pie, and her comforting hugs during wild storms.

But now, Grandma can’t remember those memories. She makes up new rules for old games and often hides Dad’s keys. Sometimes Dad is sad because he has to hold onto the memories for both him and his mother now, but fortunately his daughter is only too happy to help him make new memories to share.

Nayu's thoughts
I'm fortunate in not personally knowing anyone suffering from dementia, but so many people do, including children, making this kind of book needed. I liked how it shows all the ordinary 'normal' things the grandmother can do, while gently pointing out how she mixes some things up, but there are people who help her in the care home so it doesn't matter if she muddles things up; and there are positive points: the children and rest of the family all remember the fun times they'd shared with her in the past. It shows that not everything changes when someone develops memory issues, which is important for children young and old to be reminded of. I love how warm and cosy the illhstrations made me feel in this sweet tale!

See more cute work more on Nicky's website.  

Suggested read
Not to be left out here is a book about a grandfather! My Grandpa by Marta Altes (Children's, Picture book, 10E/10E)


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