Wordsworth Dances the Waltz by Frances H. Kakugawa

09 Aug

Wordsworth Dances the Waltz by Frances Kakugawa

Wordsworth Dances the Waltz
Frances H. Kakugawa

ISBN 10: 0979064732
ISBN 13: 978-0979064739

Children 9+

Hardcover, 32pages

Watermark Publishing

Wordsworth Dances The Waltz features a family of mice, living much as any family – enjoying their day to day lives, when time creeps up on a them…

Wordsworth first love is poetry – for a long while now it has been his source of comfort and understanding…writing is this little mouse’s way of dealing with life. And so when his beloved Grandma comes to stay with the family Wordsworth is shocked and a bit frightened by the changes that have taken place. The once vibrant, boisterous home, filled with the sounds of music and laughter has fallen quiet and his parents talk in hushed voices…whispering about how Grandma is losing her memory and things just aren’t the same. 

Wordsworth is saddened and very disappointed when his father tells him Grandma can’t attend the special Grandparent’s program at school. Before class that morning Wordsworth sits beside his Grandma’s bed and writes a poem, expressing his feelings – ending with – “She’s still my Grandma, isn’t she?”

What follows is a touching reunion of family, with a new found understanding of how they will interact from this day forward. This is a beautifully written, heartfelt story that addresses dementia, Alzheimer’s and loss of independence, subjects families are dealing with everyday. Seniors are an integral part of the family tree and it’s important to maintain close bonds and continue to interact with and allow children to enjoy the time they have with them…it is precious! 

I highly recommend this story to all families – there should be a copy in every elementary school, library and nursing home. Especially senior care facilities – this book would be an excellent tool to ease youngsters fears, answer questions they may not be able to express and reassure them Grandma or Grandpa may be different, but they love you and they’re still an important part of the family!
If you or someone you know is facing any of these situations, pick up a copy of this book!

Happy Reading!BIGsmily
RJ McGill
3Rs Den


Additional Comment:

The language utilized is age appropriate and the author speaks with a delicate, parental touch that’s warm, supportive and kind. Many of the words are defined quickly, within the sentence, providing an educational side to the book as well. 
   Ex: “….dojo, or school”
         “gi, the white robe worn by karate students,…”
I cared for my Grandmother and although she was not suffering from dementia, this book would have been a real blessing when talking with my daughter about the changes that were taking place within our family. I will not hesitate to share this book!!

Kudos & Congratulations to author, Frances H. Kakugawa for delivering a well written, helpful story that is beautifully illustrated.

Awards & Recognitions:

  • named a Mom’s Choice Awards® Silver Recipient in the category “Crossing Generations.”
  • received the Bronze Award in the Best Book Overall category,
  • as well as the award for Best Illustrated Children’s Book from the Northern California Publishers & Authors (NCPA) group.

Wordsworth’s first book


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3 responses to “Wordsworth Dances the Waltz by Frances H. Kakugawa

  1. Janice Hefner

    November 15, 2009 at 5:42 pm

    I am a retired early childhood teacher and a childrens’ book author wannabe. Having never written a story I am reluctant to try until I have this inpiration to write a story re: grandparents with alzheimers. As it “flows” from my heart and I share it with friends I have compliments from family and close friends but actual criticism from one friend who tells me I do not have a “finished” product. Another friend tells me there are other books of the same story already available. Thus, I check and find your book. It is exactly the story I hoped to explore and with a wonderful beginning and ending. Thank you for writing such a book. If there is a need for others I hope my story will find its way. Thank you for giving Wordsworth to young children.


    • Frances Kakugawa

      January 15, 2010 at 12:53 am

      Dear Janice,

      Write that story and it will find its way. And come join Wordsworth and me in telling our stories. My best to you. frances


  2. Frances Kakugawa

    August 10, 2009 at 10:01 pm

    Wordsworth and I are tickled, grateful and are riding on a cloud. Thank you for your beautiful and supportive review. My publisher sent your review today.

    You may want to meet Wordsworth in his first book “Wordsworth the Poet.”
    I have two more Wordsworth stories but the publisher down-sized so I’m actively seeking a publisher. I do poetry writing workshops for caregivers and the young.
    Wordsworth and I would love to do one for you, wherever you may be.

    I presently live in Sacramento, CA and am scheduled to do some talks/workshops in Hawaii all of October.

    Thank you so much.



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