LOVELY OLD LION by Julia Jarman

LOVELY OLD LION

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Age Range: 4 - 8
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KIRKUS REVIEW

What happens when Grandpa can’t remember?

Lenny’s grandfather is the king of the forest, but lately he’s been forgetting things, like Lenny’s name. Is there anything Lenny can do to help? Sweet, colorful pictures accompany this gentle story about dementia; those familiar with Varley’s earlier books will find the pictures comfortingly familiar, and all will appreciate the warmth and appealing details present on each page. As they are introduced to the idea that King Lion is growing ever more confused, young readers and listeners are sure to sympathize with Lenny’s efforts as he brings together neighbors and friends to remind his grandfather of his earlier years. Mentions of Grandpa’s issues and behavior are straightforward yet general, leaving room for adults to provide additional information as needed, while the story’s structure mirrors the cycle of life and provides supportive reminders about the inevitability of loss, change, growth, and age in an organic way. Most appropriate for a child coping with such a situation, this is a selection that explains the concept of memory loss well and will help develop compassion in all who read it.

A supportive, honest, and needed explanation of Alzheimer’s-type illnesses. (Picture book. 4-8)

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2015
ISBN: 978-1-4677-9310-0
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Andersen Press USA
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1st, 2015




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