Author: Linda Gerdner and Sarah Langford
Illustrated by: Stuart Loughridge
Hardcover: 32 page(s)
Age Range: 5 - 10
Ontario curriculum: Language - Reading...Social Studies - Heritage and Identity
Chersheng's grandfather is beginning to forget things: little things like turning off the water faucet and big things like Chersheng's name. Sometimes he even forgets that he is in America now. Chersheng feels sad and helpless when he learns that Grandfather has Alzheimer's Disease, but then Chersheng's mother presents him with a story cloth stitched by Grandfather himself, embroidered in the Hmong tradition.
Through the story cloth, Grandfather's memories of his life in Laos come alive. And inspired by Grandfather's tales about his life before the war forced him to immigrate to America, Chersheng comes up with a plan to capture his family's new life with his own art project. This way, they can all remember that their love is stronger than Alzheimer-???+-?¼s Disease, no matter which country they live in.
Linda Gerdner's heartwarming story addresses the increasing number of children who live with elderly grandparents with dementia. This volume, presented bilingually in English and Hmong, allows children and their loved ones not only to gain a compassionate understanding of Alzheimer's Disease, but also to share in the simplest act of pleasure and love -- that of reading together.
From The Critics:
"Two columns on each page, one Hmong, one English, give readers/listeners an opportunity to see another language. And, the story is filled with other cultural experiences: food, values, stories, as well as the story cloth. In addition to these cultural experiences, this story shows a family that is coping with -- and loving-- a relative who has Alzheimer's.
The afterwords-- one about Alzheimer's disease, one about the Hmong resettlement in the United States-- provide excellent background information. But the "truths" are revealed in the story. As the story unfolds, getting acquainted with this family builds understanding that mere facts cannot possibly relate. Illustrations complement the text perfectly and expand the story."