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Children's LiteratureThis is a sweet story with heart-catching illustrations. Although the text at first seems to present a sentimental picture of a grandmother with Alzheimer's disease or dementia, as the story develops the situation becomes more complex and difficult. Just as life is not simple, dealing with this grandmother's decline is not simple at all. When Margaret's grandmother comes to live with the family because she can't remember, she's still a special sort of grandmother who once had a houseboat and an art gallery, played the piano and made mile-high apple pie (recipe included). Now Margaret helps Grandma when she gets confused and Dad helps make the mile-high pie. But, as her disease progresses, Grandma asks Margaret, "Who are you, my dear?" and Margaret is hurt. Sometimes she even wishes that Grandma didn't live with her family anymore. When Margaret comes to understand that her grandmother still loves her, she declares, "I am Margaret. I am your remembering." The story allows the child to have feelings of rejection and loss without guilt and this might be helpful to readers having similar experiences. 2004, Viking/Penguin, Ages 5 to 8.
—Carolyn Mott Ford