The Remember Balloons
But when Grandpa’s balloons begin to float away, James is ...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.
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 h ...more
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.
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.
An excellent book to help preschoolers and early elementary kids learn about and understand dementia in a loved one.