Grandma Forgets: Book Review

Grandma Forgets by Paul Russell and Nicky Johnston. A touching story of how people keep memories alive even when others forget. Read the review at Miss Jenny's Classroom.Grandma doesn’t remember me but I remember all the great times we had together and I can remember that for both of us.

Title: Grandma Forgets
Author: Paul Russell
Illustrator: Nicky Johnston
ISBN: 9781925335477       Language: English

Classification: Fiction
Themes: ageing, dementia

What’s it about?
This story is told by a young girl about her grandmother. Her grandmother doesn’t remember the girl or many parts of her life but the girl tells the reader how they remember and keep their memories of the time they spent with her alive.

Most of the pages only have a sentence making it a quick but meaningful story. The illustrations really bring a lot of life to the words.

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Grandma Forgets by Paul Russell and Nicky Johnston. A touching story of how people keep memories alive even when others forget. Read the review at Miss Jenny's Classroom.My Thoughts
This book is just adorable! I will say right off the bat that it doesn’t specially say what condition Grandma suffers from – if you follow the posts you may remember my comments about the same issue in One Photo. Unlike One Photo I much preferred the way this story comes across – it’s simple and clear so that even small children can relate to the pictures of the activities that the kids are doing with their grandma.

Towards the end of the story, when the girl tells the reader that Grandma now lives where other people remember for her (a nursing home presumably) some of the pages contain slightly more text. It describes in a touching way how suffers of dementia can still remember things from long ago – like how her son left his jacket on the bus when he was a kid and Grandma still reminds him.

This book would be a great way to look at ageing as a class. When days such as “100th Day of School” come around there is a focus on what students may look like at age 100 but not what they may be like. In a sensitive way this book really opens the way for discussions about ageing and diseases/conditions that can strike and how they change a person.

I would definitely be using this one as part of 100th Day learning, as a parent with my own kids when the time comes, and recommending to other parents. A really beautiful book.

Paul Russell - author of Grandma Forgets and other stories. Visit his website today

Nicky Johnston - author and illustrator from Australia. Visit her website today.

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Scaredy Book by Devon Sillett and illustrated by Cara King - read the review today at Miss Jenny's Classroom   Visiting You by EK Books. Read the review today at Miss Jenny's Classroom  One Photo - Book review by Miss Jenny's Classroom


  1. May 11, 2018 / 7:38 am

    What a lovely book and a good way to sensitively discuss an important issue with children 🙂

  2. May 11, 2018 / 7:51 am

    This sounds like such a lovely book. Both my grandparents have dementia and it’s such a horrible disease, and one that’s really difficult to explain to your children, so this would be a perfect way to do it.

  3. May 11, 2018 / 8:12 am

    One of my close friends is having a really hard time at the moment and her mum is going through the process of being diagnosed with dementia – I’m going to recommend this book to her for her two girls as they don’t really understand why nanny seems so different x

  4. May 11, 2018 / 11:16 am

    This sounds a lovely and really helpful book. My father has a form of early onset Alzheimer’s so I know first hand how some of his behaviour (and that of some of the people he lives with) seems to my kids, and they are old enough to understand what is going on. This would have been so helpful when they were younger 🙂

  5. lporter586
    May 12, 2018 / 7:23 am

    I think books like these are a tremendous way of helping children deal with sensitive situations. It sounds like it handles this theme really well x

  6. May 12, 2018 / 7:13 pm

    What a beautiful book. Sounds like it would be helpful for kids whose grandparents are affected.

  7. May 12, 2018 / 7:18 pm

    Books are such a great teaching tool. Gives kids and adults the chance to approach and chat about subjects

  8. May 13, 2018 / 7:55 am

    I’ve not heard of this book. It sounds so lovely. Will defo get this as it sounds perfect for teaching the kids about dementia

  9. May 13, 2018 / 8:09 pm

    This looks like such a lovely and gentle read about Grandmas condition. I haven’t seen this before on the shelves.

  10. Paul Russell
    May 14, 2018 / 10:56 am

    Thank you for such a lovely review, glad you liked the book.

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