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A young girl confronts her grandmother's growing confusion and disability from Alzheimer's disease
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PreSchool-Grade 3-- A poignant presentation of mental problems associated with senility and Alzheimer's disease. Grandma, who has always made the best chicken soup for Shabbat , suddenly starts to use inappropriate spices. She forgets her grandchildren's names and is unable to remember that they have just visited. The grandchildren are told that she is sick; that this is a problem sometimes associated with getting old, and that she will probably not get better. They are also told that they will still visit and care for her; "that is what families are for--to share the good times and the bad times." The illustrations are muted shades of black, white, gray, and pink, and convey an undefined sense of sorrow. Although the concepts of aging and senility are presented in a realistic, matter-of-fact manner, and the importance of continued family love and caring is likely to reassure children, this book presents a less well-developed grandmother than does Always Gramma (Putnam, 1988) by Vaunda Nelson. In that book, the grandmother is a complex, knowledgeable, active person involved in a variety of activities with her granddaughter; in this one the grandmother's focus is on home and presentation of a meaningful Shabbat atmosphere as defined by preparation of chicken soup. It is useful primarily where there is a need to incorporate a sense of Jewish tradi tion. --Susan Kaminow, Arlington County Public Library, VA
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