Grandma Forgets is a beautifully written book by Paul Russell from the perspective of a grandchild. Although it’s heartbreaking that the grandmother doesn’t remember her granddaughter, this book celebrates the family’s memories of their loved mother and grandmother.
The book is filled with reminiscing of a grandmother who baked pies, took them to the beach, comforted them during storms and cooked up delicious Sunday lunches. Illustrator Nicky Johnston perfectly captures the spirit of this book with drawings of Grandma and her family imbued with love and warmth.
For kids who have relatives suffering from Alzheimer’s or dementia, this book reassures them that their family is not the only ones facing this ordeal. It encourage kids to remember the memories that they have of their loved ones instead of focusing on the fact that their relative is unable to remember them. As the author poignantly mentions “Every time I see Grandma I tell her that I love her. So it doesn’t matter if she forgets.”
Grandma Forgets is published by EK Books. RRP $24.99. Ages: 4 – 8.
The Mummy Project received a review copy.