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The Day Abuelo Got Lost: Memory Loss of a Loved Grandfather

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A touching story about a boy and his grandfather who enjoy a special relationship—until Abuelo starts to lose his memory. Instead of building model planes and cooking together, Luis and his father have to search the neighborhood for Abuelo, and Luis and Abuelo have to find new activities to enjoy together.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published September 1st 2019 by Albert Whitman Company
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Amy Layton
Dec 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picturebooks
SOBS.  I'm so glad that there are people out there writing books like these!  This is the kind of book I'd like to write, but such a book would have to be done so tactfully, so carefully and kindly.  De Anda easily succeeds.  Suffering from Dementia or Alzheimer's is a slow decent, beginning with forgetting simple things, to forgetting people, to forgetting important things like turning the stove off, to finally forgetting some of the most important information out there--like where one lives.  ...more
Maura
Nov 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: hugh-read
This is an extraordinarily good, deeply moving, and lovingly depicted story how a boy's relationship with his beloved Abuelo changes as the symptoms of Abuelo's dementia worsen. What I love most about it is how Luis and his Mama and Papi find new and different ways to love Abuelo as his brain changes, but the love is always there.

I really enjoyed The Remember Ballons by Jessie Oliveros earlier this year, another very welcome picture book about a grandparent with dementia with the useful metaphor
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Melle
Mar 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: WSP ACT on ALZ and grandchildren of grandparents with dementias
First and foremost, this is an outstanding and subtle, sublime educational picture book story. All the elements -- the characters, the events, the art -- come together beautifully to show a larger picture of how dementia changes circumstances and affects cognition, behaviors and responses, and (sometimes and to a degree) personality while the core essence of our loved ones with dementia tends to remain intact. I love that this book features a Latinx family and includes some words in Spanish (wit ...more
Christine Turner
School Library Journal recommends this book for students in Pre-school through 2nd grade.

A touching story about a boy and his grandfather who enjoy a special relationship. Then, Abuelo starts to lose his memory. Instead of building model planes and cooking together, Luis and his father have to search the neighborhood for Abuelo, and Luis and Abuelo have to find new activities to enjoy together.

Subject: Grandfathers -- Juvenile fiction.
Memory -- Juvenile fiction.
Dementia -- Juvenile fiction.
Famil
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Flossmoor Public Library (IL)
Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
5 stars

Wow, this picture book did a great job with its difficult subject matter! It is written from the point of view of a boy who lives with his parents and grandfather/Abuelo. He spends time alone with Abuelo after school before his parents get home from work. Partway through the story readers discover that Abuelo has Alzheimer’s and that it is getting worse. The book doesn’t say as much, but the adult reader can infer. All the boy knows is that the activities he does with his Abuelo change as
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Lorelei
Feb 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
4 stars for the art
5 stars for the story ♡

These kinds of stories are important. So many people are going through this in one way or another. My grandmother only remembers me as my mom's baby (I am the youngest of three) and recently she has begun to forget her youngest daughter. It is rough and sometimes too sad, so this story touched my heart. "[She] will always be able to feel our love." ♡
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Erendira
I think this one is especially heartfelt because it describes the slow disintegration of a grandfather's mind and how it affects the family. It is not sentimentalist, nor is it too heavy for the faint of heart, but it strikes the right balance between realism and tragedy. I hope many read this to their children when the elderly of the family begin to show signs of dementia or alzheimers. ...more
Erin *wcsibooks*
Jul 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
E- Age 8 - It is about someone’s grandpa who forgets stuff every day so they have to change a lot of things. I really liked it and think everyone should read it.

Me- not 8 - I love love love the cover of this book, from the font to the characters as silhouettes.
Kelly
Mar 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
The subject matter is handled with tenderness and care. Children will get it, and they may ask questions. Great book.
G Léger
Sep 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I love the illustrator’s work. The facial expressions of the characters convey so much. So so their postures. Really really good expression of the emotions conveyed in the story.
Miss Sarah
Nov 18, 2019 rated it liked it
An elementary and up picture book about a grandfather struggling with alzheimer's. Nice progression on the journey of the grandfather's journey. ...more
Kristen Thorp
Nov 26, 2019 rated it liked it
269/365
Kevin English
Mar 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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This one hit way too close to home and had me tearing up about my own grandfather!
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