Little, Brown/Warner Books
Date: April 2004
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Nonfiction / Children / Ages 4-8
Beverly J. Rowe
What's Happening To Grandpa?
By Maria Shriver
Illustrated by Sandra Speidel
tackles the problem of Alzheimer's disease and the associated dementia
to explain what is happening to Kate's Grandpa. We first met Kate
in What's Heaven, and then again in What's Wrong with Timmy. Kate
has always loved to listen to her grandpa tell stories, but now
he's repeating the same stories over and over again. Why does Grandpa
do that? Doesn't he remember that he told Kate that story before?
One day he even forgets Kate's name.
Kate's mother patiently explains that
Grandpa has Alzheimer's disease and it causes Grandpa to have trouble
with his memory. She tells Kate just what that will mean to the
people who love him.
With special insight from her own father's
struggle with Alzheimer's, Maria does an outstanding job of offering
a touching and optimistic story that encourages awareness, acceptance,
and dialogue among family and friends.
Use this book
to introduce one of the problems that families face when loved ones
get older. Knowledge and information help families learn to cope
with the difficult times in life. Read this book together and use
it as a discussion starter.
Speidel's delicate watercolors
are just right to illustrate this inspiring story about loving our
elderly family members.