My Little Grandmother Often Forgets

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A child’s love for a grandmother with memory loss shines through in this deeply personal and lyrical tale from author Reeve Lindbergh.

Sometimes Tom’s grandmother forgets the way home from the market, or that Tom’s name is Tom and not Roy. But Tom doesn’t mind. He loves to help his grandmother and just spend time with her. The special bond between a beloved grandmother affected by memory loss and her devoted grandson is described in Reeve Lindbergh’s most personal book for ...

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Overview

A child’s love for a grandmother with memory loss shines through in this deeply personal and lyrical tale from author Reeve Lindbergh.

Sometimes Tom’s grandmother forgets the way home from the market, or that Tom’s name is Tom and not Roy. But Tom doesn’t mind. He loves to help his grandmother and just spend time with her. The special bond between a beloved grandmother affected by memory loss and her devoted grandson is described in Reeve Lindbergh’s most personal book for children, one that is based on her own and her son’s relationship with her mother in the last years of her life. Kathryn Brown’s watercolor illustrations tenderly capture the unique characters — and the love that is universal.

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Publishers Weekly

Lindbergh (My Hippie Grandmother) writes in the voice of a youngster endearingly devoted to his grandmother, who suffers from memory loss. The title page shows the lad and his parents arriving at the home of the diminutive woman, who sports an eccentric hairstyle, snazzy earrings, jeans and striped socks. The child observes that his grandmother can't find her belongings, including her cat (perched atop the chair she's sitting in) and her glasses (tucked into her hair). The boy stays close to his grandmother, watching her take burnt cookies from the oven and waiting patiently as she ponders a purchase, explaining that on an earlier visit "She got to the store/ but forgot the way back./ Now she takes me along,/ and I help her keep track." In an especially affecting scene, the understanding grandson gently corrects her when she calls him by his father's name: "So I say, 'I'm not Roy,'/ and she answers, 'You're not?'/ Then I tell her, 'I'm Tom./ That's okay. You forgot.'" In the story's heartwarming ending, Tom reveals that his grandmother now lives with him and "She can't find her cat,/ and she loses her way..../ But she says she's found me,/ so she thinks she will stay." Brown's (Tough Boris) wispy, pastel-toned watercolor and ink illustrations poignantly underscore the bond between the narrator and his grandmother. This will easily provide a springboard for adult-child dialogue and will reassure children faced with similar family situations that they can be of help. Ages 4-6. (Apr.)

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School Library Journal

PreS - Tom's grandmother has begun to forget some pretty important things, such as whether the stove is turned off and how to get home from the grocery store. The boy and his family don't outwardly find these changes to be sad or scary; they're sometimes funny, but mostly they are just what life is like with Grandma. Tom is pleased that he can help his "little grandmother" by accompanying her to the store or finding her lost cat. Both Tom and Grandma are delighted that they live together now so they can have tea parties and sit together on the porch swing. Lindbergh's rhyming text doesn't poke fun or take itself too seriously, and Brown's lively pen-and-watercolor illustrations of a lovely, carefree woman and her freckled little grandson align perfectly with the book's message: that sometimes Grandma needs extra help, and Tom's the (five-year-old) man for the job. This charming tale will enchant all children, not just those with grandparents in similar situations.-Daisy Porter, San Jose Public Library, CA

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763619893
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 3/13/2007
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 978,038
  • Age range: 4 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.76 (w) x 10.53 (h) x 0.35 (d)

Meet the Author

Reeve Lindbergh
Reeve Lindbergh, the daughter of Charles Lindbergh and Anne Morrow Lindbergh, has written many children’s books, including MY HIPPIE GRANDMOTHER, ON MORNING WINGS, and NOBODY OWNS THE SKY, as well as several memoirs for adults. She lives in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom.

Kathryn Brown has illustrated numerous books for children, including TOUGH BORIS by Mem Fox, WHEN MOON FELL DOWN by Linda Smith, and MAMA LOVES by Rebecca Kai Dotlich. She lives in Amherst, Massachusetts.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2008

    Thoroughly Lovely Book

    This book is delightful. My grandaughter and I read it over and over. The rhyme scheme is fabulous, the message is enlightening, and the pictures are beautiful and engaging: my granddaughter likes to find the things the grandma can't in the pix. Even if you don't have a loved one struggling with forgetfulness, it is a great way for little ones to understand that many grandparents do.

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