October 15, 2018
Written by Jessie Oliveros and illustrated by Dana Wulfekotte: the remembering balloons
If your family has been affected by Alzheimer’s Disease and you have had to explain to your son why Grandpa can’t remember his name or explain to your daughter why Grandma keeps telling her the same story,
you will appreciate and love the remembering balloons.
The author has crafted a beautiful story about memories and the loss of memories that can happen as a result of Alzheimer’s Disease. Balloons represent memories as they float away. Today, it is estimated that there are 5 million Americans affected with Alzheimer’s and that number is expected to rise to 16 million by 2050.
Care for those with the disease can be difficult and this book reminds us that the disease affects more than the individual. It affects the whole family and especially the youngest among us. If your family is affected by Alzheimer’s Disease, I recommend you read this book – even if you don’t have young children.
March 26, 2017
I just finished reading several picture books I’d taken out of the library this week. This is one of my favorites from the stack.
This book is out of control! – By Richard Byrne
Quoting from the back cover: “This book is having an EMERGENCY and it’s up to you to calm things down.”
What a fun book this is…author, Richard Byrne immediately engages the reader to interact from the very beginning calling attention to the knock at the door, from the next page.
Two friends and a dog plan a day of play when a remote control for a toy fire engine goes haywire. Ben and Bella work to make things right but each press on the remote control makes things worse and worse. Realizing they need help, they ask the readers to help.