Ellie races to her grandma’s room, excitd about the day ahead. They do so many fun things together when Ellie comes to visit. But this time, it’s different. Grandma seems different. Ellie is confused and her mother helps her understand.
With captivating, comforting text plus vibrant illustrations, this children’s book helps families, teachers, counselors open discussion and share in simple language what we can do when a friend or family member is diagnosed or lives with dementia and memory loss. Valuable Questions and Activity pages extend the learning for home or classroom use. Strong endorsments from the medical community, educators and families living with these difficult circumstances.
|Publisher:||PrairieMoon Publishers LLC|
|Product dimensions:||8.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.09(d)|
|Age Range:||4 - 8 Years|
About the Author
Dr. Marilyn Martin completed her doctorate in eduation Kansas State University. In the education profession for 41 years she taught art, history, the social sciences, and teacher preparation programs in public and private schools. At her retirement, she was serving as Associate Professor of Education at Georgia Gwinnett College. Dr. Martin has written and published a variety of articles on topics of integration of fine arts and curriculum, educational change and the integration of technology into teaching methodology. She currently lives with her husband in Nevada, Missouri where she continues to work as a professional artist and storyteller.
Jean Bates graduated from California State University with a Bachelor's Degree and Secondary Teaching Credential in Home Economics and History. After several years in the education field, Mrs. Bates changed to the private sector working in sales and management. During this time, Mrs. Bates continued her education with classes in art. After retirement, Mrs. Bates began studying Photoshop as a way to enhance her photographic images. Many of her images have been published in the international magazine Photoshop Creative. Recently, she has applied her artistic skills to mastering watercolor. Mrs. Bates lives in Fresno, California with her two dogs.
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Ellie loves to visit with her grandmother. Grandma and Ellie like to play bingo, dress up in the different colored necklaces that Grandma has won, and walk outside in the garden to see the roses. Grandma had even taught Ellie how to cook. However, one day Ellie comes to Grandma’s room, and Grandma seems different. She asks, “Sweetie, what’s your name?” Ellie, who hears a nurse tell her mother that Grandma’s not doing well today, is confused and becomes very upset. What is wrong with Grandma? Will she ever get better? How can her mother comfort Ellie? Nearly every family knows someone—a relative, friend, or neighbor—who is living with some kind of dementia and memory loss. I can say from personal experience that it is a situation which is sorrowful and even a little frightening. Author Katherine Yusuf, who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis while in pharmacy school and worked as a clinical pharmacist until forced to retire due to increasing disabilities, wrote this book based on a dream which she had following a phone call from her mother who was very upset. She had visited Yusuf’s grandmother who suffers from memory loss and did not recognize her own daughter. When Yusuf told her mother about the dream, she was encouraged to write it down. They decided that the story should be told from a child’s perspective because the problem is harder for children than adults to understand. The back contains four pages of both questions and activities for home or classroom use by groups, families, or individuals. There is even a recipe for Grandma;s lemon squares. The captivating text and pastel illustrations will help parents, teachers, counselors, and caregivers explain what can be done when a friend or family member is diagnosed with dementia and memory loss. Yosuf says, “If I can lend comfort and hope to just one person dealing with memory loss or dementia in a loved one, then this book will be worth it.”
The Memory Box Grandma's Precious Memories is a lovely picture book, aimed at children under 10, to help them understand and cope when a grandparent suffers from dementia and memory loss. Ellie always looks forward to visit her grandmother, who is nowadays living in a care home. Her gran suffers from dementia and there are good days and bad days. On one of those bad days, when young Ellie arrives, her grandma doesn't recognize her. Ellie is shocked, hurt and upset. In the evening at home her mother talks to her and the girl opens up about her worries and concerns. Will she be forgotten and all the memories she and gran shared together, too? Her mother tells her of a special memory box, where all the precious moments the two of them had, are locked away and kept safe for now, until one day in heaven a golden key will open the lock and all the beautiful memories are there for her grandmother to enjoy now forever and so nothing will be lost. After hearing this Ellie feels much better and even plans more extra special time with her gran so there's more to fill the box with happy moments. When I was a teen one of my grans also suffered from dementia and I totally love the author's idea of a precious memory box, where everything is kept safe (well, at least the nice memories) and therefore out of reach from deteriorating brain cells. It also always works better for children to be able to visualize something in a way they can grasp and understand. A box with a key, like a piggy bank, which is there, but still somewhat out of reach, but not for all eternity, I believe, that's actually a clever way for all family members, no matter if they are young or old, to cope with an illness like dementia which is difficult and demanding for all involved. The illustrations fit the warmhearted story extremely well, there are no bold colours but tender and soft pastel shades and the little girl receives lots of hugs and cuddles. The book is rounded off by questions for discussion and activities, such as making your own memory box or how to help your Gran to remember things and finally there's a recipe of Grandma's Lemon Squares (which Ellie bakes for her gran as a special treat in the story). Highly recommended.