Back of Book:
In Grandma and Me, Beatrice and Mary Ann combine their years of clinical experience to create a truly engaging, yet informative book for young children on the topics of Alzheimer’s and dementia. The beautiful artwork will capture children’s attention, bring them into the story, and help them return on their own. Grandma and Me provides a gentle, yet age appropriate description of Alzheimer’s disease, while providing tools that helps children continue to have a relationship with their loved one despite the disease. Grandma and Me addresses a difficult topic with love and understanding and provides the tools for children to successfully navigate the journey ahead.
I was sent this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
My grandmother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s when I was around nine years old. I will never forget my parents explaining to me that things were going to be different from now on. I wish that Grandma and Me was around for my childhood. This story explains Alzheimer’s in a way that children can understand. Readers follow Matthew as he shares all things he did with his grandma, like that she taught him how to listen to birds. The story goes on to give specific examples of how Matthews Grandma begins to act different. She forgets his name, and sometimes doesn’t feel well. Matthew meets with Grandma’s nurse so he can better understand the changes that are happening.
This book gives readers examples of ways that children can help their loved ones. Things like singing songs, coloring and reading stories. I love that this book provides real advice and strategies for children and adults. The illustrations are soft and very welcoming. The Note in the back of the book gives readers tips and ideas on how to go through the journey of this disease.
I am thankful that this book was written. The authors took a tough topic and wrote a story from the heart. If you have someone in your life that has Alzheimer’s then this book is a must read.
Ages 4 and up