MY SINGING NANA by Pat Mora

MY SINGING NANA

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Age Range: 4 - 8
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Mora pens a story about a boy concerned about Nana’s memory loss.

After dinner, Billy, his two young siblings, mom, dad, and grandmother make the final preparations on their patio for their annual neighborhood show, which will be staged the following evening. “Tomorrow will be our best show ever, right Nana?” asks Billy. But Nana, uncertain, says: “Remind me Billy, what are we doing this year?” After Billy and his siblings, Becky and Chris, remind Nana, they rehearse. Later, Nana tells him, “Billy, sometimes your Nana forgets things, but we help each other, don’t we?” That evening, Billy confides in his mom that he’s worried about Nana. The next morning, Becky, the singer in the show, wakes with a sore throat and cough, and Billy worries—but all goes well when Nana joins Billy for the grand finale. Set against a desertlike landscape, Bermudez’s colorful, vibrant scenes offer a window and a mirror to culture and custom, as when the brown-skinned Latinx family bow heads and hold hands around the table; cherry empanadas rest on decorated plates. After dinner, guests arrive, and the show commences. In Billy’s narration, simple Spanish phrases appear unapologetically and without translation. An author’s note delves into her grandparents’ experience with dementia and offers useful tips in talking to young children about Alzheimer’s.

A tender tribute to families who have loved ones suffering from dementia. (recipe) (Picture book. 4-8)

Pub Date: Oct. 15th, 2019
ISBN: 978-1-4338-3021-1
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Magination/American Psychological Association
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15th, 2019




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