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Reviewed by Barbara Fanson for Readers' Favorite
Granny Can’t Remember Me: A Children’s Book about Alzheimer’s is a wonderfully illustrated children’s book about understanding Alzheimer’s and other dementias that children and parents need to read. The easy-to-read story stars Joey who shares the differences between his two grandmothers. This story doesn’t just focus on what Granny can’t do—but what she can do. This picture book shows the importance of photos, which remind us of significant people and events in our lives. Encouraging Granny to tell stories of the past helps to keep those memories alive. She may not remember short-term events like what she had for lunch, but she can remember significant events and stories from her past. Author Susan McCormick does a wonderful job of portraying the things that Granny can’t remember but also provides some insights into what she can do even though she has Alzheimer’s disease.
Illustrator Timur Deberdeev provides some outstanding artwork in Granny Can’t Remember Me: A Children’s Book about Alzheimer’s. The full-page illustrations help to explain the story and provide a better understanding. The realistic portraits and background scenery are very well done. Author Susan McCormick speaks with authority and experience in dealing with people who have symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease. Joey, the main character, provides a narrative story on dealing with Granny, whose Alzheimer’s has restricted some of her behavior and memory. This story provides some subtle hints on what children can do with people suffering from the most usual form of dementia. Understanding the illness is the first step but learning to engage with Granny is equally important. I think public libraries would benefit from stocking this book on their shelves.