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Forget Me Not [Kindle Edition]

Nancy Van Laan , Stephanie Graegin
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Young readers are given an emotionally powerful yet accessible introduction to what it is like having a close family member with Alzheimer’s disease in this deeply resonant story about the relationship between a girl and her grandmother.

Grandma’s whole family is concerned as they start to notice that she is becoming more and more forgetful. After they find her wandering the neighborhood, they need to make an important decision on her behalf—that the time has come for her to move out of her house and into an assisted living community where she can have the best care possible.

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From School Library Journal

K-Gr 3—When her grandmother begins exhibiting signs of Alzheimer's disease, Julia and her parents must come to terms with the illness and get her the care she needs. Grandma's slow alteration rings true: forgetting names, losing the car in a parking lot, and getting lost in a oft-visited place. Though the illustrations depict the child as quite young, her narration is rather adult in tone: "I remember when Grandma was still her old sweet self," "ever so slowly, like a low tide leaving the bay, a change came along," and, "When she sees her bed all abloom…." The mother's explanation of the disease is nonthreatening and easy for a child to understand. The pencil and ink washes, finished digitally and varying in size, subtly show how Grandma is becoming forgetful, from the dying plants and a watering can in the house to her mismatched socks and unkempt hair. Pair this with Mary Bahr's The Memory Box (Albert Whitman, 1992), which introduces the idea of how to preserve memories before they are lost forever.—Maryann H. Owen, Children's Literature Specialist, Mt. Pleasant, WI

About the Author

Nancy Van Laan is the author of such beloved picture books as Rainbow Crow, Little Baby Bobby, and the Parents’ Choice Award winner Possum Come a-Knockin’, among others. She lives in the mountains of New York.

Stephanie Graegin is the illustrator of Water in the Park by Emily Jenkins, called “a wonderfully fresh look at a timeless topic” by Booklist in a starred review; Happy Birthday, Bunny! by Liz Garton Scanlon; and Don’t Feed the Boy by Irene Latham. Stephanie lives in Brooklyn, New York. Visit her at

Product Details

  • File Size: 31759 KB
  • Print Length: 41 pages
  • Publisher: Schwartz & Wade (August 5, 2014)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00IBZ40JS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #862,372 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A touching look at dementia from a little girl's POV September 4, 2014
Forget Me Not is a touching story about a young girl, Julia, and her feelings about her grandma's onset of dementia. To start, Julia recalls when her grandma began mixing up names and forgetting small details. As her grandma's dementia worsens, the situations Julia relates intensify as well. Her grandma forgets where she is while at the supermarket, she is found outside in the snow in only her nightgown, digging for forget-me-nots, and, eventually, can no longer remember her family. When Julia's family makes the difficult decision to move Grandma to a home, Julia mourns the change, but soon realizes that Grandma is happier in her new, safe environment. Julia misses the old grandma, when she was her old sweet self, but she still loves her and greets her with a big hug each time she visits Grandma... Even if Grandma can't remember, Julia will never forget.
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The grandma in this compassionate story looks just like (and probably will be) me eventually down the line. Its delicate topic is Alzheimer's or dementia associated with aging. It's a straightforward and charmingly illustrated little book. Bought this to read to my curious grandchildren, 5 and 7, and we have had some great talks because of it. Kudos to the author and illustrator. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars March 18, 2015
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Great book!
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