Still My Grandma

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Camille and her grandma have a special friendship. They have sleepovers, bake chocolate cupcakes together, go out shopping, and giggle at old photographs. But one day Grandma forgets Camille's name. Then she can't remember where to put her shoes.

Camille learns that her grandma is sick, but "not the kind where you cough and blow your nose." Grandma has Alzheimer's disease, which is what makes her do strange things. And even though Grandma has to move out of her house and rely on...

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Overview

Camille and her grandma have a special friendship. They have sleepovers, bake chocolate cupcakes together, go out shopping, and giggle at old photographs. But one day Grandma forgets Camille's name. Then she can't remember where to put her shoes.

Camille learns that her grandma is sick, but "not the kind where you cough and blow your nose." Grandma has Alzheimer's disease, which is what makes her do strange things. And even though Grandma has to move out of her house and rely on nurses to care for her, Camille finds a way to continue their special traditions.

With charming, sensitive illustrations, this story gently introduces young readers to the realities of Alzheimer's disease, and reminds them that love is more powerful than any illness can be.

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A young girl and her grandmother have a special relationship with their own special traditions, but she begins to notice Grandma “acting different,” the girl worries. The doctor tells her that her grandmother has Alzheimer’s disease, and will not get better. Grandma has to move into a “big house” where nurses take care of her. In a way that young children can understand, our narrator explains her grandmother’s condition, emphasizing how she and Grandma can still relate. Despite the fact that she’s not the same, “she’s still my Grandma and I love her very much.” Dubois’s simple illustrations match the child’s insights. Black painted outlines develop characters and settings; somewhat roughly applied paints help suggest the passing of time and the emotions of early happy times and quieter, depressed visits. Small in size, like snapshots in an album, the sequence of illustrations in their thin borders effectively conveys the human issues many youngsters confront today. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802853233
  • Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 9/15/2007
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 550,472
  • Age range: 4 - 10 Years
  • Lexile: AD820L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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