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Reviewed by Adanna Ora for Readers' Favorite
Alzheimer's is a progressive disease that affects memory and other important mental functions. It is mostly found in older people. When this happens, it is advisable that they are not left alone, and usually, their adult children or guardians are there to guide them. To little children, diseases like this can be confusing and strange because they cannot fathom how their grandparents, who are usually cheerful and bubbly, can have such a change in mental capacity. Grandma is Acting Funny: The Beginning Stage views Alzheimer's from the perspective of a little child and explains the disease in simple language. It was written by Lori Aden and Sheila Parsley and includes beautiful illustrations by Connie Swiderski. The book also helps to sensitize people about the disease in a way that a child would understand it. It shows how one behaves before developing Alzheimer's and how one becomes later. When people understand the disease, it prepares them for how to act appropriately.
The colorful illustrations are among the highlights of the book. Using reptiles to represent Grandma and the little child is highly creative. The use of basic and relatable language is such that even an adult who has no prior knowledge of the disease can easily understand it. Another reason why I loved Grandma is Acting Funny: The Beginning Stage is because it demonstrates the fragility of life and our need to adjust to changing situations. The book includes additional resources which provide more information about the disease, which is commendable. There are also excerpts from another book that reviews Alzheimer's from the point of view of a caregiver. I recommend this book to every child or adult who wishes to learn about Alzheimer's in a concise format.