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Reviewed by Edith Wairimu for Readers' Favorite
In Fishing with Granpa by Rebecca Hummel Kenyon, a young boy recounts delightful memories when he spent time with his grandfather. They had enjoyed fishing together and having conversations during their outings. His grandfather had talked about his younger days and they had discussed their fears and hopes with each other. Those were beautiful days. Now, his grandfather cannot go fishing with him. He gets tired and confused especially when having conversations. At times, he is unable to differentiate people. The boy looks sadly as his grandfather fades away. He is further saddened by the fact that he does not know what to do to bring his grandfather back. All he can do now is sit and spend time with him, even when his grandfather does not remember who he is.
Rebecca Hummel Kenyon’s enlightening book, Fishing with Granpa, is an informative read that explains the effects of Alzheimer's disease to young children. Like the boy in the book, they may feel confused about what is happening to a person close to them who has the disease. Through the story, they will learn the symptoms of the disease and how it affects patients. The illustrations are colorful and creative and the story is centered on the relationship between the boy and his grandfather which shows their bond. It is also told in the first person and this helps adults reading the book to view a similar situation from a child’s perspective. Fishing with Granpa is well-written, engaging and an eye-opening read for both young and adult readers.