My Book about Brains, Change and Dementia
Lynda Moore and George Haddon
Jessica Kingsley Publishers
In picture book form, author Lynda Moore (a family counsellor who works with children impacted by dementia in Australia) and illustrator/cartoonist George Haddon, deliver an explanation in straightforward terms that will help young children understand something of the sensitive subject of dementia.
Starting generally, there’s an explanation of brain function; how it is a vital organ involved in everything we do.
The author then moves on to say that like other parts of the body, a person’s brain can also get sick and we generally call the disease dementia.
Youngsters are reassured that the changes that may happen to someone with dementia, (a relative perhaps)
are not their fault or indeed that of anybody else.
The importance of care and kindness are stated, as is the fact that dementia is incurable.
Readers/listeners are then given the option to skip the next few pages, which explain that ultimately, dementia can end in death.
Finally and also reassuringly, the book concludes by saying that if you know someone with dementia it is acceptable to feel happy, sad, scared or angry (mad) but it’s important and helpful to share your feelings.
Concise, compassionate and young-child friendly, with amusing illustrations, this is an excellent book that should be in all early years settings, every school, nursing home and when appropriate, a family library.