The Remember Balloons
But when Grandpa’s balloons begin to float away, James is ...more
Despite what the synopsis says, this isn't a book about simply getting a little forgetful as you age. Grandpa has full-blown, rip-roaring Alzheimer's, to the point where he loses all of his memories. The point at which he loses the silver balloon--representing a shared experience with his grandson--is gut-wrenching. However, there's a little bit of hope at the end, and about as much of a ...more
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Picture books are near and dear to my heart. For several years I read them with my nephew who is autistic. We don't read and draw together anymore but when the perfect picture book comes along I feel a need to revisit those times with him. He identifies with children of color and he would have adored The Remember Balloons!!
I loved right off how beautiful Dana Wulfekotte's art was and applaud the diversity found in the story. The gorgeous tonal ...more
I would recommend this for k-3, but that you should read the book with them and help them process their feelings after. Especially if you have a particularly sensitive child.
I love this story because it encourages the reader to think about their personal experiences while reading the story of someone else. It also teaches the reader empathy and brings up the conversation of dementia/Alzheimer’s/how old age affects different people.
Dana Wulfekotte’s illustrations are the perfect pairing for Jessie ...more
Premise/plot: The balloons in the story symbolize a person's memories. James, our narrator, has many balloons though not as many as his parents and his grandpa. But that changes over the course of the book. His grandpa loses all of ...more
This is a beautiful book. With some picture books, you can feel the lightheartedness. With this book, there is a pervasive pulling at the heart.
Beautifully handled book about memory.
This is an extended metaphor that works really well to explain to a child how memories slip away from the elderly. It doesn't limit the issue to Alzheimers or any other disease. It manages to convey how hard it is when people special to you start to lose their memories, but it ends hopefully, as the little ...more
James is a little boy whose memories are represented by balloons, as are Grandpa's memories. James loves talking to Grandpa and sharing balloons. But one day, Grandpa doesn't have as many balloons, and his favorite balloon, the silver balloon is floating above his head. James questions why the balloons are floating away. This is such an amazing story to explain Alzheimer's Disease to children.
Audrey K. / Marathon County Public Library
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Beautiful, moving, and finely-crafted, this book perfectly distills the complexity of Alzheimer's into a story that young children can understand.
An excellent book to help preschoolers and early elementary kids learn about and understand dementia in a loved one.