Wednesday, October 09, 2013
My Grandpa by Marta Altes
Though the young bear explains that "occasionally (grandpa) doesn't recognize me" and "sometimes he gets lost" the tale has a feel good message and the last page's "My grandpa is getting old... but that's how he is and I love him" left me wanting to cry and smile at the same time.
Having lost my own Grandma to Alzheimer’s, I could relate to the little bear’s love and admiration for his grandpa, even as he is aware of the toll that time has taken on him. I highly recommend this picture book to anyone looking for a story that supports and depicts the experience of caring for an aging grandparent. This would also be a wonderful resource to share with a child when introducing the topic of Alzheimer’s.
Though simply rendered I feel this picture book highlights the positive experience awarded to those lucky enough to have their grandparents in their lives - I know it made me miss my own. I can admit that I cried just a little while sitting at my desk writing this review… pretty impressive for a story told in under 100 words.
Check out My Grandpa at VBPL today.