by Suzi Lewis-Barned , Sophie Elliot
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Pub Date 01 Aug 2022 | Archive Date 31 Jul 2022
Explaining the effects of dementia to a child can be a difficult thing to do. It’s hard when their loved one starts to forget things and become less self-sufficient. This book is about caring for an elderly relative who has dementia. The difficult subject matter is approached in an accessible way, with a positive tone. This story is a great resource for families who are dealing with a loved one with dementia.
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Grandpa Forgets was a really touching story about a young girl's grandfather who forgets some things, but remembers what's most important to her. This would be great for any child dealing with a relative with memory loss.
es difícil ver a tus seres vivos olvidar poco a poco las cosas, que no te recuerden a ti o a sus hijos y lo que hacían juntos. aquí lo vemos desde la perspectiva de una niña con su abuelo.
thanks netgalley for a copy of this book.
I would have liked to see a little more text, meat, to the book. Even though it's written for young children, if there were even a section at the back that talks about dementia just a little bit more for upper elementary kids, this would be a good one for the class library. So many kids these days are seeing grandparents with these struggles, and it was a good, basic, intro.
This book explains to young children the challenging concept of dementia. The story starts with all of the things that Grandpa forgets and then moves into the things he remembers, which in the end are the most important things. I think this would be a helpful resource for young children and their families coping with a family member who has Alzheimers or Dementia. Losing ones memory can be very distressing for the person who is struggling as well as the family and friends who care about them. This would be even more distressing for young children who do not really understand what is happening. I would recommend this book to parents and other supportive adults who are caring for children who have family members suffering from memory loss. My only criticism (and it's petty!) is that I don't like the illustrations. They consist of odd drawings with realistic faces super imposed on top. I'm not sure if the illustrator was going for some kind of fuzzy memory-loss symbolism but it didn't really work for me. I found it a little distracting and strange but it doesn't really take away from the story and some people might love the unique pictures! Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for giving me the opportunity to read and review this book!
Grandpa Forgets is a touching story about a young girl who watches her grandpa go through dementia. She watches him forget every day things but also realizes that while her grandpa forgets these supposedly simple tasks, he hasn't forget the most important things in life.
This book would be great for young children who are experiencing the same thing in their own lives. The story allows for parents or caretakers to explain in a relatable and child-like way about the realities of what's happening to their loved one while highlighting what's truly important.
Thank you NetGalley and Windmill Books for the advanced copy. All opinions are my own.
This was a unique story about Alzheimers. Grandpa may seem different, but he is still Grandpa and can do things. I think it is important for kids to have books like this to understand what is happening in their families. I especially liked the pictures and would take time to discuss how they were made.
Good book for the 6 and under crowd to explain Alzheimer's and dementia in the older adults in their families. Simple sentences recounts the little things Grandpa forgets, that he's eaten, where the coffee is, etc. But then ends with things he remembers: singing, smelling flowers, holding his grandaughter's hand, Sweet story with expressive illustrations.
I would like to talk about the illustrations. They were beautiful, unlike anything I've seen before. I am not an artist so I dont know the exact type it was, I'd describe it as ( excuse me for my layman words) it was a blend of abstract with pretty relaistic sketches and paintings of people.
This picture book is about an elderly grandfather with dementia but its from the point of view of a child. It was beautiful because it doesn't focus on memory loss, it doesn't make the individual's disease his entire identity, he is so much more than that for his grandchild. Someone who although forgets the mundane things, doesn't forget to have his grandchild's back. Someone who still has so much spark and enthusiasm left in him.
Makes you think how one shouldn't make dementia or any other disease or shortcoming the entire focal point or identity of that person.
Reading this with your kid will open up the opportunity to discuss this disease with them, to arouse more empathy and understanding in them. To teach them to be patient and kind towards people suffering from dementia. And to remind you and your kid that they are more than their disease.
This book was beautiful and nearly brought me to tears. It’s such a beautiful thing to see through a child’s eyes. The narrator, a child, is describing her grandfather’s life dealing with dementia/Alzheimer’s. They discuss the things they forget but also what they remember. This would be a beautiful book to read to a young child going through the same experiences.
I received an advance reader copy of this book to read in exchange for an honest review via netgalley and the publishers.
Grandpa Forgets is a short but impactful book about dementia from the view of a child. This book uses clear, lifelike images of grandfather's and children throughout the book and illustrates the rest of the book in sketches. This shows the important things in life to be present and real and everything else just background noise so to speak. This is a great viewpoint of dementia and recognising what is really important about a person with dementia to a child especially - it doesn't matter to them that grandpa might forget where the tea is or that he's already eaten, it's important that they get to spend time with him, have fun and get to know him and hold his hand. As a witness to a grandparent who had dementia and my own child spending time with him (his great-grandchild) this is such a relatable read!
What a fantastic book and such beautiful text! This is a topic near to us and the author touches on it with such sensitivity!
I did not love the image. + illustrations.
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