blowing bubbles

Summary:
Josh loved spending time with Grandpa George. Whatever the adventure, Grandpa George celebrated the moment by blowing a perfect bubble with his gum. Grandpa George and Josh had plans on Saturday, but fate intervened. Grandpa was in the hospital recovering from a stroke. Josh was mad. This wasn't the real Grandpa George. Josh's grandfather liked to do stuff ... and he could talk. Then Grandpa George helps Josh find a way to share some fun together, even though he can't talk.
Educational Themes:
There are so many ways to enjoy this book. There is an educational message for helping kids deal with aging relatives, but it can also be a nice read for sharing memories. On one page Josh is drawing pictures of Go-Karts because it is an activity he and Grandpa George recently enjoyed. Use that as a starting point for getting the kids to draw their own memories (or write a letter).
Reading Level:
0.0
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
8 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
5 to 9
Age of child:
Read with an 11-year-old girl.
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow, at least. This is a lovely book worth having handy if your kids have a close relationship with their grandparents.
Little Kid Reaction:
Although Grandpa George and Josh did different kinds of things together, my daughter saw herself and her grandfather in the story. It touched her heart, and she liked talking about some of her grandfather's favorite things.
Big Kid Reaction:
This is a beautifully told, enriching story. It doesn't sugar-coat what a stroke does, but it doesn't overplay it either. Although Grandpa George's diagnosis is a stroke, the story would work equally well with explaining other diseases that prevent communication (Parkinson's Disease, dementia, Alzheimer's disease, Lewy-Body Dimentia, et al) to kids.
Pros:

This family-oriented story is engaging and sure to start discussions about grandparent-child memories.

Cons:

None, really. I would like to have had some starter questions at the back for opening discussions with kids.


Title Blowing Bubbles
About
Author Kathleen Cherry
Publisher Aaspirations Publishing, Inc. © 2012
Illustrators Jill Quinn Babcock
ISBN 9780987994707
Material Paperback
Cost $14.99
Genres Family, Picture Book, Health - Aging

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