Written by Zina Karmer, and illlustrated by Dave Messings, this charming book tells the story of a little girl and her relationship with her grandmother. Grandma was once a wonderful playmate and delightful to be around. Then things began to change, and eventually grandma doesn't even recognize her little granddaughter.
Any of us who have seen our kids grapple with the changes dementia brings in much beloved grandparent can relate to this book. I'm delighted to see more of these enter the market. It means, from my perspective, that dementia is coming out in the open. People are trying to explain the changes to their children, and children are learning that their grandparents aren't just suddenly "weird." They are ill. Children are also learning that they can give back to the grandparent, by being helpful. They don't have to be afraid of change.
Hugging Grandma is one of those books that can help young children understand that they aren't the only child who faces this dilemma. The book is available online and in bookstores.