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
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.
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 yet even small children could 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.