When I See Grandma Review links and quotes
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Fixing Her Eyes Blog-
Resources for the Journey - Dementia
Some great resources mentioned and a review of When I see Grandma:
"This book is excellent for children whose grandparents are in the later stages of Dementia, and need to have a way to respond to someone who appears to be always sleeping."
Koorong Bookshop review:
By Julie, Feb 28 2015
'When I See Grandma' is unique, positive and sensitive in its presentation of ageing and death. I love the way the story is told from the young grand-daughter's viewpoint, drawing parallels between her and her grandmother's life. The text and illustrations gently lead the child to the inevitability of saying good bye to the grandmother. Highly recommended for families dealing with ageing parents. Beware, the book may bring a tear to your eye."
702ABC Sydney Mornings radio segment 'The Blurb' with Vassiliki Veros.
See list on Shallowreader December 2015, website here
21st April 2015
Debra Tidball and Leigh Hedstrom are a powerful creative force with their pairing of text and illustrations that weave the past and present together throughout the story...Gentle in nature, When I See Grandma is a beautiful construction of family history and how memory and love are passed down generations. Exploring the cyclical nature of life, this book will leave even the more stoic of us with a tear in our eye.
reviewed by Maria H Alessandrino
Buzz Words Books Website review
28th July 2014
"When I See Grandma is a heart-warming, touching and sentimental book. Overall, I loved it and would recommend it as a must have for any child’s book collection. "
Australian Christian Authors website review
6th June 2014 by Penny Reeve:
"The ending of this book will have adults choking back tears and trying to keep their voice steady as the child goes through the pictures again. But the layering in it (deeper meanings for adult readers, gentler ones for kids) is done so naturally it feels perfect. This book is a keeper."
North Shore Mums Website review June 2014 By Kate Parker:
"For a simple Children’s book, ‘When I See Grandma’ is effective on many levels... ‘When I See Grandma’ is a must read for any family experiencing the difficulties associated with terminal illness."
Koorong website review April 2014:
A Moving Story of Love through Difficult Times
"This beautifully illustrated, hard cover children's book is a wonderful tool for families to use in educating their children about those who are terminally ill or those who are in their final years. The story is very simply told, and it clearly illustrates how young children can know, encourage and delight their elderly relatives, even when they are incapacitated. It is a story that helps young children to understand that old people were once young too."
ReadPlus Review Blog 8/4/2014 by Pat Pledger
"heart wrenching but uplifting"
"This is a very moving book dealing in a most thoughtful way events that many young children would be going through. It offers children a way of coping with a beloved grandparent's slide into oblivion and a way to rejoice a full and happy life."
Children's Literary Classics 7/4/14
..."Oh, what pure joy and delight we discovered within the pages of this lovely children's picture book. Fans of Love You Forever, make room for a new favorite... and while you're at it, grab a box of tissues, because you're going to need it. This book is beautifully written and the illustrations are a perfect addition to author Debra Tidball's telling of a little girl's visits to her ailing Grandmother. With the turn of each page, prepare to catch your breath as you see through the eyes of a beloved grandmother who may no longer be as full of life as she once was, but who is still very much alive in her dreams..."
Kid's Book Review:
31st January 2016
"When I See Grandma is a wonderful picture book for home and the classroom. The story offers opportunities to consider connections between the generations, as well as offering parents and carers a way to raise the topics of aging and death in a way that is gentle and age appropriate. This special story is one that will tug your heartstrings and remind you to take the time to cherish important family relationships."
On Goodreads website:
Omega Writers's review Apr 21, 2014
4 of 5 stars
Two reviews from CALEB reviewers:
(1)"This little gem is designed to teach little ones to treasure and appreciate life in all its many stages – and that being old, frail and infirm is just as much a part of living as being young and vibrant. It also teaches children that they can have a positive influence on the lives of those they love and who love them."
(2)"When I see Grandma is a delightful and poignant picture book ...
Celebrating the life of her grandmother, the little girl demonstrates her love in practical ways that will appeal to young readers..."
Anne Hamilton rated it Four and a half stars. 22/4/2014
"It feels strange to describe a children's book as 'refined' but I've searched through a thesaurus and come up with no better word for this lovely book. It's sort-of elegant, sort-of rarefied but to paint it so would be to give entirely the wrong impression.
Maybe unique works well..."
Patricia Macgregor rated it 1/4/2014 5 of 5 stars
"The two young children in the story who visit their ill grandmother bring with them memories of love, laughter and music. The illustrations are simple and colourful and add humour to the story. The words used to describe the visits are ones that describe colour and sound. "
Help 4 Every Parent ezine: July issue 2014
"This is a book that needs careful examination. At first glance it is a simple picture book for the very young. The reader who goes back again and again, will be rewarded. Both the author and the illustrator have combined to make a book that can both move and delight one. Congratulations Debra and Leigh."
Boomerang Blog 29/11/2014 by Romi Sharp
"I love the way award-winning author Debra Tidball describes her view on valuing connectedness across the generations. I also love the sentiment in celebrating people’s personal histories and appreciating who they are now, and then. Having had a grandmother with whom I had a strong bond, ‘When I see Grandma’ really resonated in my heart. It is the perfect book to share with young and old, and what better time to do so than Christmas time.