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Why Did Grandma Put Her Underwear in the Refrigerator?: An Explanation of Alzheimer's Disease for Children Paperback – Large Print, June 29, 2013
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The book's protagonist, Julie gives suggestions about dealing with frustrating behavior such as repetition of questions. Her grandma repeats the same thing over and over again. Julie calmly answers the question and then "redirects" her grandma and tells her how much she loves her. Kids who are reading the book will learn how to handle different situations that may arise. Adults can follow suit as well.
At times it is frustrating and scary to have a loved one with the disease and the authors help the readers feel like they are not alone and others are going through it too. Children will learn how to process the varied feelings and emotions that occur as they watch their loved one with the disease.
As an educator, I will incorporate this book into my curriculum, because I feel it is a topic that should be taught to all children. We need to have compassion and education about people who are different and behave differently. Sadly the statistics show that this disease is escalating and it is only a matter of time before everyone will be touched in some way by it. Wallack/Given's fine book prepares the future generations about this disease; with grace, kindness and strength. This book is a Must Have for everyone!
My son was six when his grandmother was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. I wish I had this book to share with him so he could have had a better understanding of his grandmother's decline and his own emotions during this difficult period.
In Why Did Grandma Put Her Underwear in the Refrigerator?, the author does a wonderful job capturing the complexities of family life that includes Alzheimer's disease. He discusses the changing roles of family members, losses children may experience, and pays special attention to the value to a child remaining involved with someone who has Alzheimer's.
This book is an incredible inspiration. Thank you Max Wallack for sharing from your heart.
Written in simple, straightforward prose, with illustrations in a pseudo-childish art style that works very well in this case, it tells an intimate story about the good days now past, the troubled present, and the possibility--even if slim--of something better to come. I was struck by the effectiveness of the authors' approach and the underlying compassion. While the story is revealed through a child's eyes and in a child's mode of expression, I would recommend "Grandma" strongly as an all-ages look at loss, love, and hope. The authors are to be highly commended for their vision and their achievement.
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Simple review of Alzheimer's disease and a nice reminder to remember a person with Alzheimer's is still a person although they may be acting differently. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book was very helpful. It helped my children understand there Great grandma's disease with a child's perspective. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Muriah
Was suggested by a memory service director as an excellent book. This booklet is for children, not adults and lacking in content.Published 18 months ago by Charles Elmore
Confused and disoriented Julie’s Gran put her underwear in the refrigerator. Why? Because she had a disease known as Alzheimer’s. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Rose Lamatt
entertaining. bought this for my 2 year old niece, whose Grandmother has Alzheimer's. I liked the simplicity of the writing, definitely targets tough questions.Published 23 months ago by sg
Great book for young children...presented through love and compassion while still addressing many of the uncomfortable, hard to understand actions and emotions that Alzheimer's... Read morePublished 24 months ago by Amazon Customer
Wonderful read. Written in a child's language so that a small child can understand this terrible disease. Highly recommended.Published 24 months ago by Helen Mcvicker
Beautiful Book....so thought provoking and clear. I love this book. My children and grand children will benefit greatly from it's wisdom. Read morePublished on May 1, 2014 by Marianne Marshall