A touching story about dementia and the special relationship between grandparents and grandchildren, with a CD audiobook featuring classical music for children by Georges Bizet and Sergei Prokofiev.
This is a nice story about a young boy who wants to have a day with his grandfather like they used to have before his grandfather went into a memory care facility. He manages to sneak his grandfather out of the facility one morning and go on a bus to a favorite meadow. Ultimately they are missed, found, and must return.
The artwork is delightful and the music is nice too. It would be a nice story to read to a child who has a grandparent with dementia. There is no great moral to the story nor insight into the disease. The hardcover book includes a CD with selections of classical music and the audio of the book.
You can find out more about the book and watch a trailer here.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
Andreas Steinhöfel is an award-winning German writer of children’s books. He received the Erich Kästner Prize for Literature in 2009 and the German Children’s Literature Award in 2013. In addition to writing books for young readers, he also works as a translator, writes for television and radio, and edits graphic novels. Born in 1962 in Battenberg, Germany, he now lives in Berlin.
Plough Publishing House, 75 pages.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.