My Singing Nana
My Singing Nana
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Catalog Number: #194032
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
No other formats available
Copyright Date: 2019
Edition Date: 2019
Availability: Available
New Title: Yes
ISBN: 1-433-83021-3
ISBN 13: 978-1-433-83021-1
Dewey: E
Language: English
Kirkus Reviews
Mora pens a story about a boy concerned about Nana's memory loss.After dinner, Billy, his two young siblings, mom, dad, and grandmother make the final preparations on their patio for their annual neighborhood show, which will be staged the following evening. "Tomorrow will be our best show ever, right Nana?" asks Billy. But Nana, uncertain, says: "Remind me Billy, what are we doing this year?" After Billy and his siblings, Becky and Chris, remind Nana, they rehearse. Later, Nana tells him, "Billy, sometimes your Nana forgets things, but we help each other, don't we?" That evening, Billy confides in his mom that he's worried about Nana. The next morning, Becky, the singer in the show, wakes with a sore throat and cough, and Billy worries—but all goes well when Nana joins Billy for the grand finale. Set against a desertlike landscape, Bermudez's colorful, vibrant scenes offer a window and a mirror to culture and custom, as when the brown-skinned Latinx family bow heads and hold hands around the table; cherry empanadas rest on decorated plates. After dinner, guests arrive, and the show commences. In Billy's narration, simple Spanish phrases appear unapologetically and without translation. An author's note delves into her grandparents' experience with dementia and offers useful tips in talking to young children about Alzheimer's.A tender tribute to families who have loved ones suffering from dementia. (recipe) (Picture book. 4-8)
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1 In this title, celebrated author Mora depicts a family coping with a loved one's slow progression of dementia/Alzheimer's disease. In Billy's close-knit Hispanic family, Nana bakes empanadas, sings, directs plays, and reads books with him. As her memory begins to fade, Billy worries about her. His mother counsels him to help Nana remember things and focus on the many activities that they enjoy doing together. When Billy's sister gets sick on the eve of a neighborhood play, Nana is able to fill in and sing her part. Mora does an admirable job portraying a family dealing with the long-term reality of dementia. The incorporation of Spanish words into the text without providing translation is refreshing and illustrations by Alyssa Bermudez ( Lucía the Luchador ) add another dimension to the family in small details like the pattern of the dishes, and the empanadas sprinkled throughout the book. An author's note offers personal history about Mora's parents ,who suffered from dementia, and talking points for discussing the disease with young children. A recipe for cherry empanadas is included in the back of the book. VERDICT Although the "happy" ending may mislead some readers, the book is worthwhile purchase that provides valuable talking points about dementia and Alzheimer's with young children. Jennifer Knight, North Olympic Library System, Port Angeles, WA
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School Library Journal (10/1/19)
Reading Level: 2.0
Interest Level: P-2
Lexile: 550L

"Always amigos " My Singing Nana is a compassionate tribute to families dealing with Alzheimer's Disease. This story celebrates the ideals of family, heritage, and happy memories, showing kids that no matter how their loved one might change they always have ways to maintain their special connection.

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