Review: Finding Grandma’s Memories by Jiyeon Pak

Finding Grandma's Memories by Jiyeon Pak

Finding Grandma’s Memories by Jiyeon Pak (9780525581086)

Told from the point of view of the young granddaughter, this picture book explores the issue of having a loved one who is experiencing memory loss. The little girl loves having tea with her grandmother. She gets to pick a teacup from her grandma’s “treasure shelf” and then they share berry tea and cupcakes together as they tell one another about their day. But Grandma is starting to get confused. She has called the little girl by the wrong name, put her teacups on the bookshelf, and forgot to turn off the water. The next time the little girl visited, she and her grandmother looked at old photographs together. Then she had an idea to label things to help her grandmother remember too. Now she is also ready to share their stories with her grandmother if she has problems remembering.

Pak clearly shows the two generation connecting in this story of family love. The story transforms from the grandmother taking such good care of her granddaughter into needing more help to keep things straight. Nicely, there is no sense of panic in this book, just a steady sense of change and need for care. The use of small helpful ideas to implement also returns some ability to help to the young child in the story. The illustrations are bright and friendly, filled with smiles and connections to one another even as things grow more difficult.

An empowering story for young children about memory loss and helping a loved one. Appropriate for ages 3-5.

Reviewed from e-galley provided by Alfred A. Knopf. 

Kids Indie Next Fall 2019

The Kids Indie Next list has been released for this autumn. The list ranges from ages four through teen. They offer a top ten as well as lists for age groups. Here are the top ten for this fall:

Beverly, Right Here by Kate DiCamillo

Dear Sweet Pea by Julie Murphy

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The Fountains of Silence by Ruta Sepetys

Frankly in Love by David Yoon

The Grace Year by Kim Liggett

My Jasper June by Laurel Snyder

The Scarecrow by Beth Ferry, illustrated by The Fan Brothers

Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin

Slay by Brittney Morris

Stormy by Guojing