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My New Granny

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  46 ratings  ·  15 reviews
Fini’s granny has changed. Before, she would comment on Fini’s strange hair styles, help her feed the ducks in the park, had traveled all over the world, and was an amazing cook. Now, Fini’s granny admires wacky hairdos, eats the bread crumbs meant for the ducks in the park, and does not travel or cook anymore. Eventually, Granny has to come live with Fini and her family b ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published September 11th 2012 by Sky Pony Press (first published January 1st 2011)
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Aug 27, 2016 rated it liked it
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I really liked the story, but was not impressed by the drab illustrations.
Benjamin Elliott
Aug 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
The description says that this is a book about dementia, but the way it is presented in the story makes it seem much more like the Granny had a stroke. It's still a good book for helping a child process something that has happened to their aging grandparents or someone else they love, but if you are looking specifically for a book that deals with dementia there are others that provide more details or do more to depict the degenerative nature of the disease. This one is more of a before/after sit ...more
Joy Schmidt
Dec 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A simple story told from a child's perspective about her grandmother with dementia.
Kevin Summers
Aug 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Sample quote: "I love Granny. My new Granny as much as the old one."
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Jun 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to معصومه by: Mahdiye Fateh
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Jessica Haight
Jul 12, 2014 rated it really liked it

Fini doesn't understand what's happening to her granny. She used to make a fuss over Fini's unusual hairdos, and they would always do grandmotherly things together, like walk to the pond to feed the ducks. Granny was an amazing cook. She liked to travel, and then make delicious exotic dishes for her family. But, after a trip to the hospital, everything changed. Now, Granny loves Fini's fun hairdos, and she would rather eat the breadcrumbs than feed them to the ducks. And, as for cooking, it's de
Erik This Kid Reviews Books
Mar 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Fini loved being with her old Granny. They fed the ducks together and when Granny traveled, she’d send postcards. Granny made the BEST foods too. Granny went to the hospital and when she came back, she was “new Granny.” Now she does things like she wants to eat the bread that was for the ducks, she turns the stove on to warm her hands, not to cook, and she can’t travel. She has to move in with Fini and her parents because she needs to be watched now. Fini likes her new Granny, but she is kind of ...more
What a marvelous resource for parents looking for helping in explaining Alzheimer's. Fini's old granny never understood Fini's interesting hairstyle choices but she was a great cook and loved to travel sending Fini lots of postcards. Then came the day Granny went into the hospital and came out...different. "New" Granny adores Fini's hair and uses the stove, not to cook with, but to warm her hands. Fini's parents tell her that she must help keep track of Granny which Fini fails to do. Angry and f ...more
Patricia Tilton
Nov 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
Elisabeth Steinkellner has written a touching and empathetic story about an aging grandparent who is suffering from dementia. She realistically captures Fini’s confusion about the changes that occur when her Granny is diagnosed with dementia. But Fini learns to love and accept the changes of her new Granny. With the growing number of older adults affected by Alzheimer’s and dementia, this is a helpful resource for children. The author is from Austria and the book has been translated into English ...more
Feb 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Fini's granny loves to travel and cook exotic dishes for her family. Then one day Granny changes. She stays home and doesn't do the things she used to. She moves in with Fini's family and they have to keep an eye on her. Granny has changed but they come to appreciate Granny as she is now.

This is a sad book, but one that I am sure many families can relate to. I think it is a beautifully told and illustrated tale and will tug at your heart.
Jan 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
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What a simple but heartwarming story about helping a young child understand the changes an elderly grandparent may go through when suffering from an illness. Loved the simple text and the illustrations.
Very unclear about her disability—since she went into hospital, wondering if she had a stroke? Dementia? Alzheimers? Text jumps around. Did enjoy the illustrations (especially searching for the mice) and the sepia-like tone of them.
Sue Mosher
Sep 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Touching story of a grandmother with dementia and how the family adjusts to having her live with them.
Jan 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Great picture book for families dealing with dementia
Dec 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
A very gentle look at Alzheimer's, from a child's point of view.

Honestly, I'm amazed I'm not in tears.
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Elisabeth Steinkellner wuchs im südlichen Niederösterreich auf. Lange Zeit wünschte sie sich nichts sehnlicher, als Zirkusartistin zu werden. Als sie zwölf war und ihre Eltern immer noch keine Anstalten machten, sie in einer Kompanie unterzubringen, änderte sie ihre Pläne und wollte fortan Schriftstellerin werden. Oder Meeresbiologin. Oder Schaufensterdekorateurin. Nach dem Abitur kam es anders: S ...more
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