Expected publication: July 19th 2018 by Jessica Kingsley Publishers
‘Sometimes, a person’s brain gets sick with a disease called dementia.’
What does dementia do to the brain? And how can we help if someone we know, like a parent or a grandparent, has the disease?
This book breaks down misconceptions about dementia and speaks directly to children aged under 5 about the realities of the disease, using age appropriate language in an engaging and informative way. It reassures parents of the value of open and honest conversation about the challenges raised by dementia and offers advice and support in the opening ‘Guide for grown ups’. It includes a diverse audience of characters, to emphasise that ANY child can be impacted by dementia in their loved ones. Unlike traditional storybooks, the ending provides a question for the adult and child reading it to ponder together.
Rating: 5 Stars
This is an ideal book to help smaller children understand dementia and the impact that it can have on the person that has it. It also addresses how they may feel when someone they know has dementia and how to deal with those feelings.
The illustrations are colourful and fun. They are a clear visual representation of the written word.
I liked that prior to explaining that dementia can ultimately end in death the book gives the child the option of not reading those pages if they don’t want to know. (This can also be a helpful cut off point for the parent who does not feel their child is ready to hear about death)
The bite sized pieces of information are delivered in a compassionate, clear, child-friendly manner.
While this books target audience is the under 5’s I believe that it could be a useful explanation tool for children beyond age 5 too.
I was given a copy of this book by the Publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review