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What's Happening to Grandpa? Hardcover – April 28, 2004

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Kindergarten-Grade 4–Shriver walks a girl through acceptance and a beginning understanding of her Grandpa's condition. Kate questions not just what can be done to address the changes Alzheimer's will bring within her own family but she also tries to place her concern in the larger context of growing old. She decides how to help her grandfather as he goes through this difficult time. Together they sit down with a box of photographs and his still-intact memories and create a scrapbook. This well-meaning book is clearly and lovingly written. Kate is admittedly "wise beyond her age," which serves the author well as the child becomes the voice of reason. Grandpa is known to talk to God and is grateful for having been granted a good life despite his current adversity. The book is squat and square, helping to establish intimacy. There is a soft focus to the pastel art that matches the tone of the story. The application of color is lively, scratchy yet self-contained, giving a sense of controlled movement. The art is especially effective at giving Grandpa energy and verve. Certain phrases are printed in a larger type on each page, giving multiple entries into the book's key concepts simply by reading these emphasized statements. As Grandpa says, "the important memories of my life will forever be in my heart." It's a warm and touching thought.–Martha Topol, Traverse Area District Library, Traverse City, MI
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Reviewed with Roberta Karim's Faraway Grandpa.

PreS-Gr.3. Written from a child's viewpoint, these two picture books tell the story of a beloved grandfather with Alzheimer's disease. In Faraway Grandpa, set nearly a century ago, Kathleen visits her Grandpa Danny every summer, and they have uproarious fun together. He loves shenanigans, he teases her, and together they bellow out his song from Ireland, "Danny Boy." But one year, he forgets that she's coming, and eventually he comes to live with her family. He hides in her closets and does other silly things. He makes trouble with the neighbors, and he even forgets her name. But he remembers things from long ago, and always, he and Kathleen share the melancholy song. The old-fashioned setting distances the story, but it also shows that the illness is not new. In Rand's warm, pencil-and-watercolor paintings and Karim's short, unrhymed lines the quiet scenarios of hurt and humiliation and heartfelt love tell the truth.

In contrast, Shriver's characters are absolutely perfect, and her scenarios are pure bliss. Gushy words and misty pastel illustrations depict family members across three generations as unfailingly kind, strong, and understanding. Young Kate is "curious, sensitive, and wise beyond her age," and Grandpa had an "absolutely happy" life. Yet how supportive is this scenario when a child trying to cope with a beloved, ailing grandparent feels (and sees family members feeling) irritation, anger, and guilt? There will be many requests for this; it has been widely promoted and endorsed by Nancy Reagan. But the purposive story isn't what works; it's the information woven into the fiction. The clear facts about the disease, what to expect (Will Mom get it? Will Kate?), and how to cope are supported by an excellent list of resources and organizations to contact. Hazel Rochman
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 1
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (April 28, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316001015
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316001014
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 0.5 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #99,038 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on May 10, 2004
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It is good to have a book to read to children that will help them cope with a grandparent with Altzheimer's! I especially liked the expression of the many feelings that the book characters had. It made talking about feelings that we have easier. I think we will be reading this from time to time to keep in touch with each other through the process of this disease and how it relates to our family. Thank you for carrying it.
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11/16/15 ... author Maria Schriver and illustrator Sandra Speidel showed the need for 'gentle responses' and 'pleasant environments' to helping shield 'grandpa' in his early stages of Alzheimer's and in helping family members cope with such a horrendous situation through caring not just about their own copings but 'how grandpa was truly emotionally feeling' with not just rhetorical questions but open end questions with him and each other....abj
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What's Happening to GrandpaThe book is an excellent tool to explain to a child what is happening to a Grandparent who has any form of dementia. The book was in excellent condition, like new! I was very pleased!
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It is hard enough for an adult to understand what it all means when a loved one is stricken with Alzheimer's, let alone a child. Maria has done a marvelous job of explaining it in terms that will help your children as well as yourself, understand, accept and cope with one of the hardest times any family can face.

-Jacqueline Marcell, Author 'Elder Rage, or Take My Father... Please! How to Survive Caring for Aging Parents', International Speaker on Eldercare & Alzheimer's
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Kate loves her grandparents. Most kids do. She doesn't look at them as being old. Kate and her grandmother have tea parties together. They also play chinese checkers and croquet. Kate thought her grandmother to be very cool. Kates grandfather on the other hand was a character. He loved baseball, classical music, telling stories and he ate lots of potato chips.

One Sunday, Kate noticed her grandfather kept telling the same stories and he couldn't remember what he had just done. She knew as people got older some would have trouble hearing, walking and reading. But when she saw her grandfather have a tantrum about not being able to drive anymore and how upset it made her grandmother, she finally asked her mom "what's happening to grandpa?"

Teaching a child about Alzheimer's can be a difficult task. Shriver has done an excellent job of creating a book that educates and inspires young readers. This is a perfect gift for any family dealing with Alzheimers. It brings to life how precious and important our elders are in our lives.
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I wanted some sort of book or story that would help my two grandsons understand why "granpa" was so angry sometimes. This book really helped explain the condition, but did not go into the anger issue. But it was a great help for them.
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Families can struggle with teaching children about aging and illness, especially when it hits so close to home with grandparents. Ms. Shriver has succeeded in putting all the sensitive feelings and thoughts that naturally occur when a loved ones develops Alzheimer's.

Soft watercolor pictures accompany meaningful text to describe families from all backgrounds as they begin the long and sometimes painful journey with seniors as their memories fade, they repeat themselves, can't remember things, and ask the same questions over and over.

Meant for older children, this book is a wonderful starting point to begin discussions of this topic with classes and/or your children at home.

So thorough is the coverage in this book that it even includes a wealth of additional resources in the back pages with websites and 800 #'s for further information on Alzheimer's education and aging.
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This is a very sensitive book addressing the horrible problems when a loved one is diagnoses with Alzheimer's Disease. The book is seen through the eyes of a child, a questioning child and the answers provided are quite good. This is a well done work and covers issues which, at times, can be diffiult to address with the young child. I not that this paricular work is probably being down graded somewhat due to the fact that the author is a celebrity, of sorts. I will be the first to state that many of the "celebrity written books" are indeed pure garbage and that just because they look good in front of a camera, does not make them an expert on just about any thing. (Actually, generally speaking, as a group, they are just about the most clueless folks we have in our society). In this case though, Shriver has indeed done her research and does indeed pull it off and the work shoud not be judged on just what the author does for a living. All in all, recommend this one highly.
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