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Reviewed by Tammy Ruggles for Readers' Favorite
Does Grandma Remember Me? by Evita Sherman is a sweet, endearing children's book about dementia that comforts and informs. It tells the story of a young child wondering and worrying about the changes in Grandma, how she is changing, and what she (the child), can do to feel better, and to make Grandma feel better. The illustrations add so much to the context of the story, and the emotions of the story, and so many children and adults will relate to this. Anyone who's ever dealt with a loved one living with dementia will make connections to the story and the characters. Talking to children about dementia isn't easy, but this book is the perfect way to do it and would be helpful for parents and children to read it more than once.
This brief little book had me in tears as I read, and that doesn't happen often to me as a book reviewer. Whether it rings true of a grandparent with dementia or someone you know grappling as a caregiver, this book will touch your heart, but it will also give children a better understanding. Let's face it. It's tough enough for adults to understand the changes dementia brings, so how much harder is it for children? The author conveys her points in simple, heartfelt ways that a child can relate to, with easy-to-understand explanations and examples. Besides being a good book for children, it could also be a helpful resource to keep in libraries, hospitals, doctors' offices, schools, houses of worship, mental health facilities, etc. Even if dementia isn't a part of your life now, it could be at some point in the future. If you are looking for a children's book that educates by way of a meaningful story, Does Grandma Remember Me? by Evita Sherman is a perfect choice.