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Summary: Whenever Grandpa came to visit, he would bring mangoes. His grandchildren would sit at the table with him while he prepared the juicy fruit. But then Grandpa started forgetting things ... he even forgot their names. When Anai saw mangos growing on a tree, she took some to Grandpa. She took them every day until he could eat them no more. This is a story to help children celebrate the life of an aging family member.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, anytime reading, playtime reading, read aloud book, early reader
Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 8; read yourself: 7 to 9
Interest Level: 4 to 8
Age of Child: Read by an 8-year-old girl at Effort Baptist Church as part of the Children's Ministry and Use Your ABCs project.
Young Reader Reaction: I liked the story because Grandpa helped the kids, and then the kids helped him. I picked it because it looked like a good book.
Adult Reader Reaction: This is a touching story. Anai, a little girl, is the narrator, which helps convey the message in a way kids can understand. The story shows kids how love doesn't change, even when they can't remember your name. The author does a great job showing that memories of someone can make you happy, too.
Pros: This is a sensitive story for helping children understand aging and the death of a loved one.
Borrow or Buy: Definitely borrow. This is a well-told story that can help children understand aging and death.
Educational Themes: Although the book doesn't mention a specific disease, memory loss and then muscle loss are indicative of a number of illnesses that families are familiar with. This will help kids understand the progression of aging and/or illness.
Notes: This book is available in multiple languages.
Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, family, health, death and aging, foreign language
Date(s) Reviewed: June 2009
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