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I Am Grandpa's Brother is a poignant tale viewed through the eyes of a first-grade boy named during his summer vacation. Anticipating a joyous time with his grandpa, he is confronted with the heart-wrenching reality that his grandpa doesn't recognize him due to dementia.
The story unfolds as 海翔 grapples with emotions ranging from disappointment and frustration to acceptance. The book beautifully captures the nuances of the interactions between 海翔 and his ailing grandpa.
From the accidental misidentifications to the gradual loss of self-care abilities, the narrative navigates the challenges faced by the family. Throughout the story, simple daily activities become opportunities for 海翔 to connect with his grandpa, fostering a bond that transcends the difficulties posed by dementia.
I Am Grandpa's Brother is more than a children's book; it serves as a bridge for readers of all ages to comprehend the world of dementia. With its gentle child-friendly narrative and authentic portrayal of familial challenges, the book invites young readers to reflect on the importance of compassion, understanding, and the enduring power of love in the face of adversity.
Winner of the Japan Children's Literature Association Newcomer Award
Hardcover | 72 pages | 14.8 x 21cm