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The Staircase on Pine Street Paperback – July 20, 2014
About the Author
Mariana Llanos writes poems and children's stories. She's also an art and music teacher at a preschool. Mariana is mother to three kids who keep her inspired to write more stories. Her first book, Tristan Wolf, was a finalist of the 2013 Reader's Favorite Awards. This year (2014) Mariana has released three children's books (A Planet for Tristan Wolf, The Wanting Monster and its Spanish version, El Monstruo Quierelotodo), and she plans to publish even more stories. Mariana loves writing and creating art, sharing her stories with children, the taste of dark chocolate with almonds, the feeling of the ocean waves on her feet, and the sweet hugs of her loved ones.
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Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease can be scary for young children, but Mariana Llanos has woven a beautiful story that explains the disease in a way that young children can understand. I recommend parents read the forward before reading the book to their children. In this short piece about Alzheimer’s disease, the author describes what Alzheimer’s is, tells how to get more information, and makes suggestions to help families to create awareness of this devastating disease.
I recommend this upper elementary school age child, whether or not they have a family member who has Alzheimer’s disease.
Title: The Staircase on Pine Street
Author: Mariana Llanos
Star Rating: 5 Stars
Number of Readers: 17
Of the 17 readers:
17 would read another book by this author.
17 thought the cover was good or excellent.
6 thought the style of writing was the best part.
2 felt it was a bit slow at the start.
17 felt the author dealt well with Alzheimer’s Disease.
‘I thought this was a brilliant story. I liked how the girl, Lilly, wants so much to be close to her grandad. It’s sad in parts but the adventure part was really good.’ Girl, aged 12
‘The children in my class loved this book. It was a very clever way of showing to children what Alzheimer’s Disease is and how it can affect the sufferer and his or her family. We used the book as a springboard to discuss this disease and others. Cool cover too.’ Primary Teacher, aged 32
‘It was the relationship between the girl and her grandad that made this book great. It reminded me of Danny the Champion of the World.’ Girl, aged 13
‘Good book. I liked the ending best. The girl was very brave I thought. I never knew my grandad but if I had I would have liked to had a good relationship like the girl in this book.’ Boy, aged 12
‘This cover was the best in the awards.’ Girl, aged 10
‘A wonderful book in every way. Comparisons to Danny the Champion of the World are, for once, justified. A FINALIST and highly recommended.’ The Wishing Shelf Book Awards
Children can have a tendency to be insensitive and to make fun of things they do not understand or make them uncomfortable. A book like this can help strip off the layers of fright and confusion and help the child better to understand this person was once a smart, productive member of society who is now stuck with a disease which also, at times, frightens the inflicted as well.
The last point I would like to make is that as an adult, I enjoyed this read. Not only is it a wonderful way of sharing this knowledge with your child, it some simple and deep way it may also help you as the reader to be able to see this through the eyes of your child and to also understand the grief and confusion they may be experiencing, but do not know how to express.