The Memory Box

 

The Memory Box

Binding

Quantity

Print

 
Author
Mary Bahr

Illustrator
David Cunningham

Paperback
9780807550533
$6.95
Published 1995

Age Levels: 6-9, Grades: 1-4
Pages: 32
8.00" x 9.00"
Illustrations: Full color

Accelerated Reader® Points: 0.50
ATOS Level: 4.00

Plot Summary

When Gramps realizes he has Alzheimer's disease, he starts a memory box with his grandson, Zach, to keep memories of all the times they have shared.

RL.3.1,2,3,4,5,7
RL.4.1,2,3,4,6,9,10
RL.5.1,2,3,4,5,6,9,10

Awards

1992 CBC/NCSS Notable Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies

Reviews

"In recent years there have been a number of books about children dealing with their grandparents' Alzheimer's disease. . . . This sensitive offering circumvents the pitfalls of 'disease books' and proves itself to be a fitting tribute to love. . . . wonderfully executed, evocative artwork. . . . Unlike other books on the topic, where the elderly relative is often beyond recognition, this grandfather remains himself most of the time. Knowing he'll forget makes his struggle for memories all the more poignant." STARRED, Booklist

"This picture book for middle readers refreshingly features a family that talks about difficult topics—and whose members, including Gramps himself, find a way to heal their wounds. . . . Rich, uncomplicated illustrations deftly delineate the scene and the players in this quiet and touching drama. Love and reassurance fill these pages—along with the sadness of loss and knowledge that there is more to come." Publishers Weekly

"Upbeat, but also sensible and perceptive." Kirkus Reviews

Associated Keywords
intergenerational, grandpa, grandfather, alzheimer's, alzheimers, alzheimer's disease