Wordsworth Dances the Waltz
Frances H. Kakugawa
ISBN 10: 0979064732
ISBN 13: 978-0979064739
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!
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.