- Paperback: 32 pages
- Publisher: Flipturn Publishing (Jan. 28 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780994946706
- ISBN-13: 978-0994946706
- ASIN: 0994946708
- Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 0.2 x 25.4 cm
- Shipping Weight: 118 g
- Average Customer Review: 13 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #226,731 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Weeds in Nana's Garden: A heartfelt story of love that helps explain Alzheimer's Disease and other dementias. Paperback – Jan 28 2016
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"This story is very simple and sweet; it teaches children about dementia while also teaching them to help people. The illustrations within the story were beautiful, and bursting with color. It gave an actual feeling of being in a garden. It also gives very good detail on the progress of the garden, along with the increased need to assist Nana. At the end of the story, there were questions and answers to further educate the young reader about dementia and how it affects people differently. Great job by the author of this children's book; it was simple and easy to understand! I loved this story." 5 Stars, Tiffany Davis, Readers' Favorite
"Using the garden metaphor as a tool to illustrate the progression of dementia, this picturebook explains Alzheimer's disease to children in clear and sensitive terms. The book's young narrator asks questions of her mom that echo real-world concerns that many children have about a family member with dementia, guiding young readers through the delicate process of understanding brain disease. To further support families, the book also includes a helpful Q&A section that answers questions like: "Who gets dementia?" and "Is there any medicine to help?" Weeds in Nana's Garden is an excellent resource to rely upon when discussing dementia with children, and it is a welcome addition to any library or classroom collection." Highly Recommended, Chloe Humphreys, CM: Canadian Review of Materials.
"Dementia is a growing issue for families, young and old. It is often difficult for parents to talk about the disease with young children, yet Kathryn has managed to do so in an insightful and thoughtful way. I have worked in the dementia field for close to 20 years and think this book is a great tool to begin the conversation and increase children's knowledge of how to cope with the disease." Highly Recommended, Marija Padjen, B.S.W., M.S.W., Recognized expert in dementia programming.
About the Author
Canadian, Kathryn Harrison, holds an intriguing blend of science, marketing and art skills. In writing and illustrating the picture book, “Weeds in Nana’s Garden”, Kathryn has layered all these different abilities together. Stirred by her personal experience with her mother’s dementia, Kathryn created paintings and wrote this book to support families and spread awareness of Alzheimer's Disease and other dementia. Kathryn’s goal is always to create from the heart. She strives to do so from her studio in Cobourg, Ontario, Canada, a small town just outside of Toronto, where she is continuously inspired by her kids, her cats and her colorful natural surroundings.
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The girl tells her mother of these unwelcome trespassers that come to steal and destroy something that is so beautiful and brings so much happiness to both her and Nana. Why? Why does Nana not tend to her garden like she used to? Why is she letting these encroachers ruin her magical garden and turn it into a snarly, twisted mess. Her mother gently tells her what is happening to Nana's brain, how her brain is very similar to what is transpiring in her beloved garden. The girl has a name now as to what Nana is experiencing... it's called Alzheimer's Disease, a disease that affects an adult brain which causes havoc and gets in the way of thoughts, very much like the weeds in Nana's garden that are overtaking the flowers and plants there.
As the young girl grasps what's happening she determines herself to love her Nana even more and treat her with respect and kindness. She adores her so much that she becomes the steward of the magical garden, following in her Nana's footsteps, and restoring it back to it's natural health and breath-taking beauty.
At the end of the book the author has included a set of Q&A about the disease. The Questions were created from conversations with children and the Answers were established with the assistance from the Alzheimer Society of Toronto. I highly recommend this book.
Title: Weeds in Nana’s Garden
Author: Kathryn Harrison
Star Rating: 5 Stars
Number of Readers: 32
Writing Style: 10/10
Of the 32 readers:
32 would read another book by this author.
29 thought the cover was good or excellent.
32 felt the pacing was excellent.
3 (all teachers) felt the language was age-appropriate.
32 thought the author understood what a child enjoys reading.
3 (all teachers) felt it was a good way of introducing dementia to primary school children.
‘Well-written. It enabled my class to discuss aging and age-related problems.’ Primary teacher, aged 25
‘Not the sort of book a boy will pick up. But, then, they are not the market. The market is probably schools and parents who want to discuss dementia. And, for that purpose, it’s perfect. The language is age-appropriate and, often, rather beautiful. It’s emotional as a book of this nature should be.’ Editor, aged 49
‘The illustrations are lovely and really add to the well-thought out story. It’s a sad story but that’s okay; it’s a sad disease. I would be delighted to have this in the school library.’ Primary Teacher, aged 55
‘Often children will face seeing grandads and grandmothers getting old. Books of this nature gently help them to understand what is happening. This is a gem for parents who face trying to explain aging to children.’ Parent, aged 45
‘Sweetly written with a strong and very personal message. A SILVER MEDALIST and highly recommended.’ The Wishing Shelf Book Awards
It is written and beautifully illustrated by Kathryn Harrison in honour of her mother who passed after her battle with Alzheimer's disease.
It is written in a way for children to understand the illness and includes a simple question and answer guide.
$1 from every sale of the book goes directly to the Alzheimer Society of Canada.
I was given a copy of this book for me to share with my Grandson and my father - to hopefully help him understand his Great Granddad's illness better. (Weeds/tangles in his brain.)
It is beautifully written and brought me to tears as I shared it with my Dad.
Thank you so much Kathryn for this wonderful fun and educational book.
A truly great concept and insight for all of us - not just little ones.
Plus raising funds for such a good cause :) xx
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