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Grandma and Me: A Kid’s Guide for Alzheimer’s and Dementia By Beatrice Tauber Prior Psy.D. & Mary Ann Drummond RN

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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.

My Review:

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

 

32 Pages.

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A Bike Like Sergio’s By Maribeth Boelts

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Back of Book:
Ruben feels like he is the only kid without a bike. His friend Sergio reminds him that his birthday is coming, but Ruben knows that the kinds of birthday gifts he and Sergio receive are not the same. After all, when Ruben’s mom sends him to Sonny’s corner store for groceries, sometimes she doesn’t have enough money for everything on the list. So when Ruben sees a dollar bill fall out of someone’s purse, he picks it up and puts it in his pocket. But when he gets home, he discovers it’s not one dollar or even five or ten—it’s a hundred-dollar bill, more than enough for a new bike just like Sergio’s! But what about the crossed-off groceries? And what about the woman who lost her money?
My Review:
I feel like more stories like this book need to exist in children’s literature. Ruben represents the feelings that so many children in America have. Many families in the United States do not have extra money for extra things. Bikes are not a necessity in many homes. I loved the dilemma that Ruben is presented with. I believe this is an excellent story to teach children about morals, as well as empathy. Readers can discuss what they would do if they found a hundred-dollar bill. This story makes for a great writing assignment topic. I truly enjoy reading anything written by Maribeth Bolts. She has a gift of connecting readers with the emotions of the storyline. I look forward to her next story.

Ages 5 and up

40 Pages

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Those Shoes By Maribeth Boelts

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Back of book:  All Jeremy wants is a pair of those shoes, the ones everyone at school seems to be wearing. Though Jeremy’s grandma says they don’t have room for “want,” just “need,” when his old shoes fall apart at school, he is more determined than ever to have those shoes, even a thrift-shop pair that are much too small. But sore feet aren’t much fun, and Jeremy soon sees that the things he has — warm boots, a loving grandma, and the chance to help a friend — are worth more than the things he wants.

My Review: I cried reading this book because it reminded of every child I met who has a story like Jeremy. This is a must read and as far as I’m concerned a must have for every elementary teacher. The story is one that all Children can relate to. There is always a child in a classroom, or down the street or at the park with just a little less than the other kids.  Jeremy just wants to be like all the other kids at school. He wants those shoes.  Instead his grandma can only afford a pair of boots that will help him get through the winter. Jeremy soon learns the value in friendship and helping others.  Great story to teach children the value of empathy,

8 years old and up

40 pages