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Singing with Momma Lou School & Library Binding – February, 2002

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From Publishers Weekly

"I still don't see why we have to do this every week," says nine-year-old Tamika Louella Jordan about Sunday visits to the nursing home. "Half the time Momma Lou doesn't even know who we are." In Singing with Momma Lou by Linda Jacobs Altman, illus. by Larry Johnson, Tamika searches for a way to help her grandmother, who suffers from Alzheimer's, access her memories. Back matter includes information about the disease and provides the names of three related organizations. Ages 6-10.
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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Grade 2-5-It's Sunday, and the rainy sky is as gray as Tamika's mood as she and her family set off for their weekly visit to the nursing home. The Jordans are going to see Momma Lou, who has Alzheimer's disease. The nine-year-old must reintroduce herself to this aged lady every week, and the whole situation makes her resentful and uncomfortable. Later, poring over old photo albums with her father, she sees Momma Lou dressed for her wedding in an African bridal robe, cuddling her newborn namesake, and dressing Tamika like an angel for her first Christmas pageant. Seeing these pictures makes the girl try to give Momma Lou her memories back by showing her the photos. Sometimes they seem to trigger a response in the old woman's eyes, especially the shot of her in jail following a protest march. "My secret life of crime," says Momma Lou, before bursting into laughter and song. Soon people in the nursing home are singing "We Shall Overcome" along with her. This is the last time that Tamika really talks with her grandmother, who declines rapidly after this visit, leaving the child sad, yet happy to have her memories. The book concludes with a brief description of the disease and a list of resources for further information. This bibliotherapeutic title will help to serve a need, and the story is straightforward and inspirational. Johnson's acrylic paintings are done in somber and institutional hues, which prove a suitable backdrop for this thoughtful story.
Anna DeWind Walls, Milwaukee Public Library
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 4
  • School & Library Binding: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Lee & Low Books (February 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 158430040X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1584300403
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 8.5 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,867,959 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on March 15, 2003
Format: School & Library Binding
I grew up in the 1960's. Singing with Momma Lou is such a wonderful heartwarming story. I use it to teach my students about aging, diversity and hope. I recommend this book to anyone who cares about children and their relationsip with aging grandparents.
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Cute book for kids and their grandmothers. Children need their grandparents...to love and to mentor. What a wonderful book for all children.
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