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A Grandparent's Legacy: Your Life Story in Your Own Words Spiral-bound – April 15, 2007
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After searching through everything Amazon has to offer, I ended up purchasing a variety of books. I chose Mom, Dad, Grandma and Grandpa, Tell Me Your Memories, A Grandparent's Legacy and Memories for My Grandchild.
A Grandparent's Legacy is probably my favorite of the books I purchased. It is laid out month-by-month with topics to discuss. The book measures 8" x 5" with a nice covered spiral binding and is about .75" thick. Each page has topics to discuss and lines for writing.
I was slightly disappointed in all the Tell Me Your Memory books. I'm not sure what I was expecting, but I really didn't think they would all be the same with a different cover page as they are. I was really disappointed in the size of the books. They are 4" x 5.5" with a 1" spiral binding. Each is about 1" thick. It is laid out for a full calendar year - each day having a different question or memory for the person do write about. The pages have a question at the top and are blank (no lines) below.
Memories for My Grandchild has the most flexible layout - meaning there is no guide for filling things out at a certain time. It is also the largest book, measuring about 8" x 10" and just less than 1" thick. It has a covered spiral binding. This is the only book with a pocket in the back to drop in any special items and a pull-out page to fill in the family tree. The pages in this book are lined as well.
The books all cover similar questions and memories. I haven't gone page-by-page to compare, but have been pleased with what I've seen so far. Since the books are so similar, I'm basing my overall opinion on the appearance and friendliness of the layout.
At any rate, I still couldn't figure out which one I wanted (sometimes those "look inside" things are just useless, showing copyright pages and blank sheets!), and of course the local book stores don't have all of them. I decided the only way I could decide which was right was to buy them all, look at them, and return the ones I didn't like as well. So, I bought Grandmother Remembers a Written Heirloom for My Grandchild,A Grandparent's Legacy: Your Life Story in Your Own Words,A Grandparent's Book,The Grandmother Book: A Book About You for Your Grandchild,Grandparents Journal,Memories for My Grandchild. I'm planning to review them all as I make my decision.
A Grandparent's Legacy is hardcover, with a spiral binding which makes it easier to open flat for writing. It is the smallest size of all the books. The paper inside is a nice weight, with a flat finish which allows for all types of pens or pencils. What is different about this book is that instead of chapters, it has months. 12 months/chapters to fill out. The very beginning is 2 pages of the basics, full name, birth date, place, etc. A page of "favorites" follows. Then we start with January. There is no particular order to the questions. They are interesting questions, which delve into the memories and personality of the person filling it out. Unlike other books, they aren't standard "what was high school like?" type of questions. Samples: "What are the things you are most glad you tried?", "describe the most fascinating place you have visited" "describe a frightening or difficult experience from childhood" and "what are some things from your childhood that you are thankful for?"
I'm a little annoyed that it's split into months. What if I don't want them to stop at the end of the chapter? Do they really have to take a whole year to fill this out? On the plus side, I like the questions. I was a little taken aback, because they are a different tenor than in the other books, but they are nice questions. I think the subtitle (Your Life Story In Your Own Words") is a little misleading. This is less a life story and more a collection of memories of various events and family members. Nevertheless, I still like it. I might have a hard time deciding on which book to give!