The Memory Box

The Memory Box

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by Mary Bahr, David Cunningham

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When Gramps realizes he has Alzheimer's disease, he starts a memory box with his grandson, Zach, to keep memories of all the times they have shared.  See more details below


When Gramps realizes he has Alzheimer's disease, he starts a memory box with his grandson, Zach, to keep memories of all the times they have shared.

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"Upbeat, but also sensible and perceptive."

Kirkus Reviews

"Love and reassurance fill these pages--along with the sadness of loss and knowledge that there is more to come."

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
According to PW, ``rich, uncomplicated illustrations deftly delineate the scene'' in a tale of a family dealing with Alzheimer's. Ages 7-11. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Deborah Zink Roffino
This gentle introduction to the anguish of Alzheimer's disease is illustrated with vivid colors and lofty perspectives usually reserved for birds and angels. Gramps has always been the one Zach could depend on for a summer of fishing and fun by the lake. But this year, Gramps seems distracted. He and Gram want to help Zach construct a Memory Box. Zach must learn to understand that it will hold all the recollections that no longer stay with Gramps.
School Library Journal
Gr 1-3-- Zach's summer visit with his grandparents takes an unexpected turn when he learns that his grandfather has Alzheimer's disease. Gramps tells him that it's time to start a special box to store their family tales and traditions. As the visit progresses, punctuated by several episodes of the illness, Zach and his grandparents reminisce and fill their memory box with mementos of past times together. At the end of his stay, Zach leaves hugging the box, where he will store his memories from the coming year to share with his Gramps and Gram next summer. The bittersweet text is beautifully written, conveying the tender relationships through the young boy's believable narrative. Cunningham's gouache illustrations are lovely, radiating the tranquil peace of the lake, house, and surrounding woods. Simple books on Alzheimer's disease are scarce; Judy Delton's My Grandma's in a Nursing Home (Albert Whitman, 1986), which focuses on a child adjusting to nursing home visits as well as to the illness, is another noteworthy example. However, The Memory Box depicts the early stages of the disease in more detail and offers an imaginative suggestion for positive action. A moving, sympathetic, and ultimately comforting book.-- Judy Constantinides, East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library , LA

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Whitman, Albert & Company
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7.91(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.14(d)
Age Range:
6 - 9 Years

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The Memory Box 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Zach spends his summer vacationi with his grandparents by the lake. While there, Zach llearns his grandfather has Alzheimer's Disease. Toghether with his grandparents, Zach puts together a memory box, so his grandfather will always have those memories. This book explains what Alzheimer's Disease is and about the love, caring and understanding one family has for the grandfather who has Alzheimer's Disease. Zach grows a lot over the summer when he learns his grandfather has Alzheimer's Disease. He learns that every day is special and that he shouldn't take anything for granted because one day it might just be gone.