Sunday, November 20, 2016

Weeds in Nana's Garden by Kathryn Harrison

Weeds in Nana's Garden (c) 2016 by Kathryn Harrison
Not long ago, I read a very well written and illustrated children's story that gently explores the relationship between a young girl and her grandmother who is slowly succumbing to Alzheimer's; Weeds in Nana's Garden. I thought it was a very sweet book that helps children and their adult caregivers know how to continue loving and caring for a loved one who has Alzheimer's. It compares Nana's once beautiful garden to Nana's mind. Her garden begins to fill with weeds as Nana suffers more and more from difficulties caused by Alzheimer's, and she forgets more and more. But the young protagonist, along with the reader, is reminded that her grandma is still in there somewhere, and still loves her just as much as she always did. Just like her garden is still there, even beneath the weeds.

The story helps children remember that their grandparent still loves them, even though they may get confused at times, and forgetful. I think it's a good story for anyone to read, and especially for people who have a loved one with Alzheimer's.

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