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Reviewed by Edith Wairimu for Readers' Favorite
The heart-warming and valuable children’s book GG Forgot My Name: A Family Adjusting to Alzheimer's by Cynthia Hughes teaches children how to care for family members living with Alzheimer’s disease. Everly’s great-grandma always made her and her family feel cared for and happy. They did many activities together and she made them laugh. GG taught her great-grandchildren songs and read books to them. As her condition worsened, GG could not remember some of the words in the books and some of the songs she used to play on the piano for the children. She became increasingly unhappy as her condition deteriorated. It was now time for the children to be there for her like GG had always taken care of them.
As I read GG Forgot My Name, I loved the creative ideas the children came up with which they used to brighten GG’s life. I also liked that they are practical and any child can use them to show care and support for family members with Alzheimer’s disease. I appreciated that the book excellently tackles a critical issue that many families are dealing with and it offers ways for parents or guardians to explain to their children what Alzheimer’s disease is and how to care for a loved one living with it. The illustrations are bright and children will find them simple to understand. The book also contains useful suggestions on how to handle the death of a family member. GG Forgot My Name by Cynthia Hughes is a helpful and wonderful children’s book that tackles an important topic and contains imaginative and fun caregiving suggestions for families adapting to Alzheimer's.