Daniel and his mom spend every summer at Grandpa's beach house. This year, his mother reminds her son that Grandpa will seem different because he has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. Over the course of the visit, his symptoms worsen. Daniel, his mom, and his grandfather share their feelings and concerns in a healthy, open manner. At the end of the summer, Grandpa comes to live at Daniel's house. This is a gentle but straightforward portrayal of the early effects of Alzheimer's on patient and family. It is pure bibliotherapy (as indicated by the subtitle); it will educate and prompt discussion. However, along with the family playing their textbook roles, there is pleasure to be had in the idyllic setting and the warm relationships. The illustrations are pleasant, old-fashioned line drawings with a palette of nostalgic beachy colors.
Heidi EstrinCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.