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Little Mamá Forgets

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  57 ratings  ·  25 reviews
Every morning, Lucy tiptoes into her grandmother's room to wake her with a gentle tickle. Little Mamá always remembers to tickle Lucy right back! But Lucy knows there are things her abuelita sometimes forgets – like the way to the park or how to tie her shoes. "Two long bunny ears like this," Lucy shows her. Still, there's much that Little Mamá remembers and shares: how to ...more
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published March 21st 2006 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
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Cassandra Gelvin
Jan 14, 2019 rated it liked it
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Unrealistic, or highly unusual, memory loss.

I'm not sure exactly what's supposed to be going on with "Little Mamá", the titular forgetful character. At the end it says, "Almost everyday, Little Mamá forgets... names and places and people and words. She forgets so many things she once knew." So is she losing her memory as she gets older? It doesn't seem like she has Alzheimer's. It certainly seems like she's mostly i
Sweet story of young girl who watches over her grandma in their home in California. Abuelita comes from a village in Mexico and remembers that better. Lucy, the young girl, watches over Abuelita so she doesn't walk into traffic and forget her toast, but Abuelita gives much love in place. Nice book with a Mexican flavor about a grandmother with dementia.
Wow, I love this book. It brought me back when I was a child. I didn't have abuelita, but I do have an aunt that was so simplier as Lucy's grandma Luciana. This is a Mexican culture story book. I give it a five; the book has depict a Mexican culture that comes alive in her characters. It has Spanish words with very good translation. The illustration is to radiant, big, and very colorful with picture of the street walk of Mexico. Lucy and Little Mama have a close relationship. I will recommend th ...more
Becky Long
Nov 07, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Pre-school- Third Grade as a read along or Independet reader

Little Mama Forgets

Stacey Dressen-McQueen uses her illustrations to depict a Mexican culture that comes alive in her characters. The bright colors and patterns on their clothing and even in the background remind the reader that this story is set in Mexico. The end pages are decorated full of “family photos” that show the importance of family. The text is written in both English and Spanish with the Spanish words italicized to draw more
Jessica Minnoia
Apr 15, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This book is about a woman who suffers from Alzheimer's and is told through the point of view of her grand daughter. The family is Spanish, and the book has a few words in Spanish, but they can be easily translated due to the context of the story. The girl loves her grandmother very much and they have a special relationship. The girl mentions several times throughout the story that her grandmother forgets, but at the end of the day she remembers.
I would have this book available as an independe
Sarah Rosati
Apr 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
'Little Mamá Forgets' chronicles the experiences of a young girl living with her ever-forgetful but perpetually loving Abuela. Although the girl must remind her Abuela of details such as how many people are coming for breakfast, the Abuela is not depicted as senile or incompetent as she cooks, sings, and plays with her granddaughter with much gusto and enthusiasm. The colorful and lively photographs will inspire the children to equate the grandma with a youthful energy despite her occasional mem ...more
Nov 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
Lyrical text Si, si, delicioso, mama, and pequenita are just a few spanish to english words used in this text. Brillant, lively and authentic illustrations take you into the setting of a hispanic family environment; decorations, food, shopping markets and culture that take one into a hispanic family home. The relationship between the young Lucy and her grandmother is enduring and everlasting. Phonemic awareness sounding words out as syllables twir-r-r-rl and Dan-cing . This book portrays the kin ...more
Oct 25, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Though this precious book is about a little girl finding all that is still special about her Grandmother, I have to admit with misty eyes that it made me recall how I spent the last 2 years of my mother's life doing much the same. After 11 years of breast cancer, complicated with brain cancer the last two years, I lived with my parents the last months of her life. Dying exactly 3 months ago today, I did not anticipate that this book would be a hard tap on my heart recalling all that the disease ...more
Tyffani Mine
Apr 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book is about a young girl and her bond with her "little mama" or grandmother. She talks about the events throughout the day that they share such as waking up to tickles or dancing around in dancing shoes. Even though her grandma forgets things, it does not change the loving bond that they have. This book could be used to teach about repetition within stories and how it helps the reader. Young readers can read more fluently when some words are repeated. It also has Spanish dialogue and woul ...more
Jul 23, 2008 rated it liked it
This story is about a little girl, her grandmother, and their daily activities. Sometimes the grandmother forgets day to day things, like how tie her shoes, but she always remembers things that are special like brushing her granddaughter's hair before bed and to tuck her in with a song and a kiss.

This is a sweet story that gently touches on an aging grandmother who is unable to live alone. However, the focus is more on the fun that she and her granddaughter have together while they are living to
Jan 31, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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I loved this book! This is a story told by a child about her grandmother. It sounds as if the grandmother is suffering from dementia or a similar condition. However, the child focuses on all of the wonderful things about her "Little Mama" rather than the things she forgets. This is a celebration of culture and family. I think the Spanish sprinkled amongst the pages enhances the story without alienating non-Spanish speaking readers. It's a very universal story. The illustrations are vivid and eng ...more
Luciana Maria Isabela Galvez-Molinero is Lucy's grandmother, or "Little Mama." Little Mama forgets many things such as the bread in the toaster, how to tie her shoes, and that a red traffic light means stop. But most important to Lucy is what Little Mama remembers: pouring rivers of cream on Lucy's rice pudding, dancing, and making tortillas for the family. A loving intergenerational story that shows Lucy accepts her grandmother's inevitable senility but still recognizes and loves the essence th ...more
Jul 11, 2014 rated it liked it
Hum, What to say about this book. The pictures are beautiful and the story is nice but... it is a little depressing.

It is about a Grandma who forgets due to old age... but it is also about the things she remembers.

There is the Spanish Element and I don't speak Spanish but thankfully it is just Buenos Noches and Sesame Street Spanish .

Not very interested Mexican Culture but there a lot of people it is relevant to. That is why we read to learn about other people and cultures!
Lucy's grandmother is starting to forget little things like the toast in the toaster, how to tie her shoes, which way to walk to the park and to wait for the green light before crossing the street. Lucy is very glad she can help her grandmother remember these things. Because her grandmother remembers the really important things like putting cream in Lucy's rice pudding and that she likes to be tickled and how to dance.

A great book to introduce children to Alzheimer's.
Apr 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This is a great book because it teaches Spanish and shows a lot of colors. This book is about a little girl who shares her experiences with her grandmother a.k.a. Little Mama, who is suffering from what sounds like old age. This book has a warm mood to it and is full of love. This story can relate to students who speak Spanish.
Kristen Scott
Nov 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: bilingual-books
The family is Spanish, and the book has a few words in Spanish, but they can be easily translated due to the context of the story. The girl loves her grandmother very much and they have a special relationship. The girl mentions several times throughout the story that her grandmother forgets, but at the end of the day she remembers.
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Warm and loving, great pictures.
Aug 31, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful, tender exploration of dementia for the younger set. Lovely to share with your child even if this hasn't been an issue for your family. Written by my lovely friend, Robin Cruise.
Ebony Hargett
Apr 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
This is a good book in a diverse classroom with spanish-speakers in it. It also touches on older relatives who sometimes forgets things as they age. I would use this story for independent reading.
Asha Smith
Jan 24, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: bilingual-books
A little girl remembers her grandma also known as Little Mama. Little Mama seems to forget everything. The books has several words in Spanish.
Sweet story about a little girl who observes that her grandmother forgets a lot of things, but remembers the most important ones.
Ms. Campbell
Jan 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
So sad to think that someone you know is losing their memory. Read this to think about what is really important to remember in life.
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Tatum Edwards
Great book if you know students in your classroom have family members that suffer from Alzheimer's. This also displays a different culture from what most books display.
Adrienne Reeder
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May 14, 2014
I really enjoyed reading this book because it reminded me of the relationship I have with my Nana! It is about a girl and her grandmother. The story is about all of the fun things they do together. It does include some Spanish vocabulary.
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