Illustrator: Owen Swan
Published by Charlesbridge on October 11, 2016
Genres: Picture Book
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Georgie visits her Grandpa at the home where he lives, but he doesn’t always remember who she is. He does, however, remember how to make newspaper hats, and together they fold enough for all his friends. Touching moments portray the difficulties and nuances of memory loss from a child’s perspective, and an uplifting ending leaves readers with hope. A poignant and age-appropriate story about a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease.
Newspaper Hats is a touching story. Georgie’s grandfather is losing his memory and sometimes doesn’t even remember her. She and her father go to visit him in the nursing home and Georgie asks her grandpa if he remembers her. Grandpa looks at the photos in his room and tells her some of the things he does remember. Finally she picks up a photo of Grandpa, Georgie and her dad where Georgie is wearing a paper hat. Grandpa does remember how to make paper hats and it provides a connecting point for the family.
It’s a gentle story that I think would be nice to read with kids who are dealing with a similar situation as Georgie, where someone in their family can’t remember as well as they used to, whether it be to due to Alzheimer’s or something else. It can be tough for adults to see someone losing their memory, but it’s difficult for kids to and they have less understanding about what is going on. This story show that even if someone can’t remember you exactly, you can still cherish the time you have with them.