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Wishing on a Star (Two-Lap Books) Hardcover – Large Print, July 1, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-1932529432 ISBN-10: 1932529438 Edition: People with Alzheimer's disease (and othe forms of memory impairment) will gradually lose their ability to initiate communication with others, so this one-of-a-kind book "gives voice" to these people and their caregivers and loved ones. Meaningful connections can be made through shared reading, reminiscence. and conversation using the book's large, simple text and colorful illustrations and universally appealing activities - listening to birds singing, telling stories, eating ice cream, and more. The audience includes both family caregivers and the carefigiving staff in formal care settings who are looking for meaningful, interactive activities for engaging people with moderate to severe dementa or memory deficits. This is part of A Two-Lap Book (R) series of picture storybooks for memory-challenged people.

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Product Details

  • Series: Two-Lap Books
  • Hardcover: 25 pages
  • Publisher: Health Professions Press; People with Alzheimer's disease (and othe forms of memory impairment) will gradually lose their ability to initiate communication with others, so this one-of-a-kind book "gives voice" to these people and their caregivers and loved ones. Meaningful connections can be made through shared reading, reminiscence. and conversation using the book's large, simple text and colorful illustrations and universally appealing activities - listening to birds singing, telling stories, eating ice cream, and more. The audience includes both family caregivers and the carefigiving staff in formal care settings who are looking for meaningful, interactive activities for engaging people with moderate to severe dementa or memory deficits. This is part of A Two-Lap Book (R) series of picture storybooks for memory-challenged people. edition (July 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932529438
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932529432
  • Product Dimensions: 9.7 x 11 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #143,274 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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"I used to buy children's books with big pictures, big words, about animals for my mother, who has advanced dementia. Now to be able to have a book with pictures and words with somebody her age sitting on a chair enjoying the sunset — it's a really inspired idea." (Jill Eikenberry, a New York-based actress 2001-01-01)

". . . a book especially recommended to for [sic] anyone having to cope with Alzheimer's, dementia, stroke and other memory-damaging disorders. With simple, colorful illustrations enhancing a deftly written, informed and informative text, Lydia Burdick' [sic] 'Wishing On a Star' is thoroughly 'reader friendly' and a fine addition to any personal or public library collections." (Midwest Book Review 2001-01-01)

"Wishing On a Star is not only a book to share with our loved one, but a gentle educational tool to help all of us in our journey through the emotional maze [of] Alzheimer's and dementia." (Edie Dykeman ElderCare Cafe Blog, http://www.eldercarecafe.net/wishing-on-a-star-book-review.html#more-1412 2001-01-01)

"Lydia Burdick's book series is fulfilling an unmet need for reading materials for older persons with memory problems. Our research indicates that these are the kinds of reading materials which these persons may prefer to read at some point in the course of their condition." (Barry Reisberg, M.D., Clinical Director Silberstein Aging and Dementia Research Center, New York University School of Medicine 2001-01-01)

"A wonderful way to engage with a memory-impaired adult" (Peter Rabins, M.D., MPH, Professor of Psychiatry Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine 2001-01-01)

About the Author

With a master's degree in Clinical Practices (psychology), Lydia Burdick's career has been in human resources. Since 1993, she has been a consultant at an international outplacement firm. Lydia wrote The Sunshine on My Face in the course of caring for her mother who was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. "One of my greatest pleasures," she says, "was sitting together with my mother and hearing her read the words from this book when she had otherwise stopped speaking almost entirely."

More About the Author

Welcome to my Author Page,

My mother, Shirley Burdick, was the inspiration for my Two-Lap Books.

Mom was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 1998. I would visit my mother frequently, and though she had virtually stopped speaking in the later stages of the disease, I was very happy to be with my mother and sit and eat and watch tv, and flip though magazines together.

One fateful day, I gave Mom a magazine to "read" while I brought us something to drink, and I found myself wondering what exactly was she doing with that magazine?! I knew if I were to ask her if she was reading, she would nod her head.

I determined to find out for myself by sitting down and reading something with her.

I set out to find some reading material that would be uplifting and loving and delightful and appropriate for my mother and I to read together, so I could see if my mother, in late stage dementia, could still, in fact, read.

Dear Reader, I didn't find anything. Oh, I found children's books (not appropriate I felt), I was ushered to the young adult section of a major bookstore (not appropriate either), and I thought about magazines (not appropriate or relevant at all to my mother!)

What was I to do? I really thought about this for a while. And, I saw an opportunity to do something special for my mother. And, this thought started going around my brain - - "I can't slow down this disease which has already taken the mother I grew up with away from.....BUT, I can write that uplifting and loving and delightful material for Mom and I to read together" I asked my artist friend and subsequent illustrator, Jane Freeman, to draw some sketches that matched the sentences I wrote.

And, to my delight, when I sat down next to Mom and asked her to read my sentences and look at Jane's pictures with me, we had the experience of connection and warmth that I had been seeking.

My mother, who hadn't spoken other than "yes" or "no" - read my full sentences out loud to me. She answered the questions I asked her about the meaning of the words, and what was in the pictures.

And, she smiled.

I have a few tears in my eyes as I write these words.

She hadn't been smiling much in the last years of her life, and the two of us reading my words and looking at Jane's pictures, turned out to be the activity which I loved the most, as we both smiled a lot when reading together.

Mom is gone for a few years now. And her inspiration has resulted in my writing the three sweet and loving and happy books in the Two-Lap Book Series: The Sunshine on My Face, Happy New Year to You!, and Wishing on a Star.

I have been so gratified to hear from so many family and professional caregivers about the joy they have when using my books with their loved ones and patients. I say the word "using" deliberately.

Because it may be that your loved one with AD isn't able to read. That's ok, you can read to them.
They may enjoy simply looking at Jane's charming illustrations. You both may enjoy singing songs which are suggested to go with each sentence in "Happy New Year to You" and "Wishing on a Star." Please "use" the books in ways that work for you.

Also:

Young children enjoy reading these books with grandparents.

You may enjoy reading the whole book, you may simply open to a favorite page.

You may enjoy answering questions posed by the "Conversation Prompts" at the back of each book.


My wish for you is that my books enrich your visits with your loved one.

Warmly,

Lydia Burdick

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The author did a great job with this book.
GaryvonGleiberg
I highly recommended this book if your loved one is struggling with Alzheimer's or any other form of dementia.
Edie
It starts wonderful conversations, and brings lots of smiles!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Edie VINE VOICE on August 13, 2009
Format: Hardcover
When my mother first showed signs of dementia, one of the first casualties of the disease was her inability to read the books she loved so much. Later, many times she and I sat side-by-side on the sofa and looked through magazines such as Ideal looking at the beautiful color pictures as I read aloud to her.

Wishing on a Star is the perfect size lap book to share with our memory-challenged loved one. The words, the brilliant colors and artwork, and the storyline are woven together to form a wonderful tool to help our loved one by stimulating their memory, and softly challenging their creative mind.

The book is an active story of family and friends, pets and games, ice cream cones and marshmallow roasts. It is a happy book that carries one along with a desire to join the fun. It is a book I am sure my mother would have loved to read.

I highly recommended this book if your loved one is struggling with Alzheimer's or any other form of dementia. Go through the book together and create an experience you will long remember after your loved one is gone.

Wishing on a Star: A Read-Aloud Book for Memory-Challenged Adults (Two-Lap Book)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tinky Weisblat on August 14, 2013
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My late mother adored this and Lydia Burdick's other books for memory-challenged adults. She read through them frequently with me and with other caregivers and was always delighted; they gently stimulated her conversational and observational skills. I have recommended them to many other caregivers. I wish there were more of them!

My only complaint is that the words "for memory-challenged adults" should not appear on the book--or should be on a removable sticker. My mother often read those words and asked about them, and knowing that she was memory challenged was not helpful to her.

Tinky Weisblat, author of Pulling Taffy: A Year with Dementia and Other Adventures
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca Colmer on December 2, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Health Professions Press has introduced a new tool for memory-challenged adults. This book is a great tool to use to interact with someone who is experiencing memory loss. The easy-to-read text and colorful pictures encourage conversation, singing, and reminiscing. The last two pages of the book contain sample conversation prompts and songs for each page, to help get you started.

A hidden benefit is that the book easily helps children and young adults feel more comfortable interacting with an aging loved one experiencing memory loss. Regardless of how many times you read this book aloud to your loved-one, it's always like a brand new story. Many patients just enjoying looking at the pictures.
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Fighting memory loss can and should be a co-operative process involving the affected individual, family members, friends, and the treatment community. "Wishing on a Star: A Real-Aloud Book for Memory-Challenged Adults" is a book especially recommended to for anyone having to cope with Alzheimer's, dementia, stroke and other memory-damaging disorders. With simple, colorful illustrations enhancing a deftly written, informed and informative text, Lydia Burdick' "Wishing On A Star" is thoroughly 'reader friendly' and a fine addition to any personal or public library collections.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By mary rivett on January 2, 2014
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Drawings instead of pictures - mum not really keen on it as I am not sure she can recognise the drawings on the page.
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By Allie June Aleixo on September 10, 2014
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I used to read these to my mother. She suffered from Dementia. She loved to read though despite it all!! So please read to your loved one!! It is wonderful to hear their voice as they read, if you have someone who does not talk as much as they used to because of the condition.This really helped us connect many days.....fond memories. At first I thought it seemed too childlike, but my mother really connected. I highly recommend this book.
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By Bookfestival on June 13, 2010
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I sent 'Wishing on a Star' and 'Sunshine On My Face' to my sister-in-law to read to my mother-in-law. They liked them so much that my SiL asked my MiL if she would like her to leave the books with the counselor for everyone to read. My MiL said, "No, take them home and bring them back to me. These are my books." Now that I know they really like the books, I'm going to send her the New Year's book.
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By Rayna Alpert on June 17, 2014
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This book sensitively provides the reader and patient to look at an age appropriate storie and generates lots of topics to talk about with the patient about their life. Lots of smiles!
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