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My Little Grandmother Often Forgets

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  42 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
A child's love for a grandmother with memory loss shines through in this deeply personal and lyrical tale from author Reeve Lindbergh.

Sometimes Tom's grandmother forgets the way home from the market, or that Tom's name is Tom and not Roy. But Tom doesn't mind. He loves to help his grandmother and just spend time with her. The special bond between a beloved grandmother affe
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published March 13th 2007 by Candlewick Press (first published January 1st 2007)
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Mar 21, 2009 rated it liked it
A grandparent with memory loss and/or dementia often scares young children. In this picture book of rhyming verse, a little boy tells how he helps his "little grandmother" when she forgets or becomes confused. The slice-of-life story is not didactic, but it leans heavily toward sugary-sweetness (and the "little grandmother" bit didn't do a thing for me). The book was written about Anne Morrow Lindbergh and that probably had more to do with its publication than its literary qualities. However, th ...more
Ashlynn Armstrong
Jan 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-lit
This book is about a boy's grandmother who has Alzheimer's disease, even though it is never said directly that she has it. The boy is very nice in correcting the grandmother whenever she says the wrong name or thing. Eventually the little boy's grandmother has to come and live with them, and even though she is not sure why she has her family who loves her.

This story made me feel very sad for the grandmother and the little boy who is trying to understand what exactly is wrong with his grandmother
Subgroup: illnesses in families

Genre: Realistic Fiction

Topics: grandparents, memory, grandson

Synopsis: This children's book is about the relationship between a little boy, Tom, and his grandmother who is losing her memory. She often forgets her way home, where her glasses are, and even that Tom is Tom and not Roy. Tom doesn't seem to mind, however; he just likes spending time with her, helping her, and playing games with her. She ends up moving in with the family but doesn't know why; all she kn
Nov 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
This poetic story of a grandson and grandmother who I can only assume suffers from some form of dementia is sensibly told and is generally heartwarming. The child is exceptionally understanding about his grandmother's everpresent forgetfulness. At some point, she even forgets her grandson's name and he simply reminds her of who he really is and moves on. I can imagine that in real life this would cause quite a bit of strain on the family, but here they are all understanding and reasonable about ...more
Jasmine Robinson
Sep 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: parents
This is a wonderful and loving book about a little boy and his grandmother. His grandmother suffers from memory loss. In a poetic, kid friendly way, he goes on to describe how forgetful his grandmother is and how he is always there to help her when she needs it. I love this book because it reminds me of my own grandmother. Before my grandmother passed, she had serious leg problems and every time I visited her, I would help her as much ad possible because I loved her.
Tom's grandmother is very forgetful but Tom doesn't mind. He's there to help her keep track at the store, to make sure the stove is turned off before a meal, and spend quiet time with her. His "little grandmother" lives with the family now and still has trouble finding things but now that she's found Tom, she will stay
May 19, 2008 rated it really liked it
Very simple and endearing way of understanding a grandparent aging and/or developing Alzheimers. Highly recommended for dealing with the subject.

If you've ever had a grandparent who leaves the stove on, can't seem to find anything, and confuses you with your parents... you will appreciate this book.

Jan 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
A sweetly engaging book that appeals to children of all ages. I found "My Little Grandmother Often Forgets" was perfect to explain m emory lapseto children in basic, humanizing terms. A wonderful, lyrical story addressing the sometimes confusing behavior of loved ones with empathy, understanding and an emphasis on the love that exists within them still.
Danielle Simmons
Nov 24, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: family, love, picture-book

Grandma forgets almost everything but she never forgets how much she loves her grandson. She may forget his name, but she never forgets how much them being with each other means to each of them
Joan Alleyne
This is a good book to help young readers understand that grandparents sometimes are not as alert as moms and dads. Good for encouraging them to be grandparent helpers also.
Dec 16, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-book
Tom's little grandmother often forgets things but, that's okay, because she has him to help keep her on her way. Poignant.
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Nov 05, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picturebooks
This is a touching story about how a grandchild copes with a grandparent that has suffered some form of memory loss. JD
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Children's author, novelist, and poet Reeve Lindbergh is the daughter of world-renowned aviator Charles Lindbergh and his wife, the talented writer Anne Morrow Lindbergh.