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Coffee, Rabbit, Snowdrop, Lost

Coffee, Rabbit, Snowdrop, Lost

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A beautiful, candid picture book for children to understand what happens when a loved one begins suffering from dementia, and how best to care for them.

A 2022 Mildred L. Batchelder Honor Book A USBBY Outstanding International Book of 2022A 2021 Penn Graduate School of Education Best Book for Young Readers

Stump always has a fantastic time with his grandparents, filled with flowers, puzzles, crosswords, and endless love. But one day, Stump's grandfather starts to lose his memory--and his words, which literally fall from him. Stump tries his best to keep the lost words safe, collecting them in a special box. But Grandpa seems to forget more and more everyday, and the situation comes to a head one snowy night when Stump wakes up to find Grandpa missing. Together, Stump and Grandma must find new ways to connect with Grandpa, and show him that he's not alone. This poignant, tender picture book depicts the struggle of coping with a loved one's dementia with honesty and sensitivity, with a message of hope that affirms the deep bonds of love between grandchild and grandparent.

This book includes an afterword to the adult reader about dementia and recollection, written by Ove Dahl, a historian and head of the Danish Center for Reminiscence. He provides some practical tips, as illustrated in the story with Stump, for establishing a meaningful way of being together when caring for a relative with dementia.

Author: Betina Birkjær
Publisher: Enchanted Lion Books
Published: 12/14/2021
Pages: 44
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 0.95lbs
Size: 11.10h x 8.70w x 0.50d
ISBN: 9781592703739
Audience: Ages 4-8
Award: Mildred L. Batchelder Award - Honor Book

Review Citation(s):
Booklist 10/15/2021 pg. 56
Kirkus Reviews 11/01/2021
Horn Book Magazine 01/01/2022 pg. 78

About the Author
Betina Birkær made her debut as a children's author in 2014. She has a degree in drama and trained as a scenic artist. Since 2004, she has worked as performer, and since 2011 as an installation artist. Additionally, in 2005, she began working with the Spanish theater group called Teatro de Los Sentidos, and she is also the artistic director of Luna Park Performing Arts.This is Betina's first book to be published in the US.

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