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Children's LiteratureGrandma Ronnie is not in her own home anymore. Her grandson misses the fun times that they shared. They would mix cookie dough, then dance to jitterbug music while the cookies baked in the oven. Oh, how Grandma Ronnie loved to dance! But now, Grandma is in a strange place with many other old people. She sits in a wheelchair all day and does not remember her grandson nor their favorite cookies. She has moved into past memories from before his birth. She continues to have one strong memory—she loves to dance. One day her grandson and his mom arrive to find the tables in the dining room pushed against the wall. A band is playing jazzy music and Grandma is swaying to the rhythm. When they approach her, she looks up and reminds them, "Oh, how I love to dance!" Her grandson grabs the handles of her wheelchair and moves her right to the front of the room next to the band. He holds her hands and swirls her around in time to the music. Johnson's pastel paintings fill the pages, evoking a sense of joy and action which offsets the serious tone of the story. A good choice for sharing with children who are trying to understand a relative with some form of dementia. 2006, Boyds Mills Press, Ages 6 to 10.
—Phyllis Kennemer, Ph.D.