A Rose For Grandma

A Journey through Alzheimer's

Children - Picture Book
62 Pages
Reviewed on 06/02/2021
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Reviewed by Lois Henderson for Readers' Favorite

A Rose for Grandma: A Journey through Alzheimer’s by Christiana Egi, the co-creator with her husband of a home for older adults with dementia, is an informative read that tells of the growing realization of the onset of Alzheimer’s in Annie’s grandmother. Annie has an especially close relationship with her grandmother, with whom she loves to bake cakes and spend time in her rose garden. When, one day, her grandma just spends time wandering around aimlessly, Annie realizes that something is wrong. How the dawning realization of her grandmother’s illness affects the whole family is portrayed with compassion and understanding. A Rose for Grandma ends with an extremely useful resource list for Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia. The book should prove to be of interest to all readers, no matter their age, as Alzheimer’s is a worldwide disease capable of affecting older adults, no matter their race or culture.

I especially loved the multi-dimensionality of Christiana Egi’s A Rose for Grandma: A Journey through Alzheimer’s, with the work covering both the highs and the lows of living with a person with dementia. The book is written in such an encouraging way that it converts thinking about the disease from its conceptualization as a dire threat that lurks around the corner in old age to one where family members can rally around each other and the one afflicted, forming a supportive network within society. The journey taken by Annie’s family and the way in which they set about dealing with the situation constructively, including holding class discussions, scrapbooking, and enrolling Annie’s grandmother in a Senior’s Memory Club, is so reinforcing that it should encourage a positive response towards learning how to cope with the onset of Alzheimer’s in any family, no matter where situated.

Emily-Jane Hills Orford

There is a special bond that exists between a grandparent and their grandchildren. Annie has a special bond with her grandmother. She enjoys visiting Grandma, helping her tend the roses in the garden, listening to her stories, and baking cakes together. But that all changes when Grandma starts acting confused and sad and forgets some of the simplest things. Annie is worried. She doesn’t understand. She’s even more confused after Grandma comes back from the doctor and her mother explains that Grandma has Alzheimer's, a form of dementia.

Christiana Egi’s early chapter reader, A Rose For Grandma: A Journey Through Alzheimer’s, is a touching story about a little girl and her much-loved grandmother. The plot leads the young reader through the special bond, including the cherished activities the two share and the stories Grandma tells. The young reader will certainly relate to the confusion Annie felt when Grandma suddenly was sad and didn’t want to spend time with her doing the things they loved best. It’s interesting the way the author wove the classroom into the story, having the teacher share her story about a special grandmother with Alzheimer’s, and having the students brainstorm for ideas on how they can help and still show their love for the special grandparent. That’s when Annie develops her idea for a memory scrapbook, which she appropriately names A Rose For Grandma. The story is well developed with care and compassion, allowing the reader to relate to Annie’s angst over her grandmother’s condition. By being kind and helpful, Annie not only helps a troubled grandmother come out of her memory prison, but she makes herself feel good, too. The story is beautifully told with lovely illustrations.

Amy Louise Hill

A Rose For Grandma: A Journey Through Alzheimer's by Christiana Egi is an informational book for children about a grandparent going through Alzheimer's. A young girl talks of her Grandma and Grandpa and how she enjoys all of the fun things they do together, especially helping her Grandma with her rose garden. One day, something just doesn't feel right and the girl starts to notice that her Grandma isn't acting the same. She becomes worried and scared, but with the help and support of her family, the girl learns all about Alzheimer's disease and what it means for her Grandma. The girl comes up with the perfect idea to help her Grandma with her memory; a memory box! If you have a child who is in the unfortunate situation of having a loved one suffering from Alzheimer's, I urge you to buy a copy of this beautiful book because it will be extremely helpful.

A Rose For Grandma had me tearing up just from reading the title. Christiana Egi has beautifully captured the precious moments when a grandparent starts to lose themselves, and how it affects their loved ones. This book will educate children on what Alzheimer's is and how to understand and accept it. From personal experience, I know how scary having a loved one with Alzheimer's can be, and I was amazed at how well this book informs the reader. Grab some tissues, sit your child down, and read them A Rose For Grandma: A Journey Through Alzheimer's. I hope to see more of Christiana Egi's outstanding work, and I wish her all the best.