Sarah is a little girl who loves her grandmother, but when Grandma Mary comes to live with her family because of Alzheimer's Disease, she has a lot to learn. This book app demonstrates through storytelling the common issues children face when an older relative or grandparent is suffering from this type of memory loss.
Sarah listens to the explanations from her parents, but she is also helped by a magical fairy doll. Remembering that people with Alzheimer's often remember things from long ago better than recent events, Sarah becomes a hero when Grandma Mary wanders off. Sarah shows that 'knowledge is power' by suggesting the family search near grandma's childhood home, where they find her patiently waiting.
This book app is solidly made with simple arrow page turns and an engaging, easy-to-read font. Nice settings allow the reader to turn off narration and/or background music. This title is lightly animated and interactive, although these elements are less polished than the storyline, which is top notch for the target audience. There are even a series of questions for discussion and comprehension at the end of the story.
Overall, this is an exceptionally unique book app, dealing with an otherwise difficult topic. For anyone trying to explain Alzheimers to a child, I highly recommend this title. It is educational, nicely narrated and engaging for young readers.
All reviews are of the app, not the platform/device. Based originally on iPad versions. Minor technical details may vary.
Marga M. Garriga/Vannessa Linares
Sanoen Publishing s.l.
6 - 10 Minutes
Based on non-digital book: No
Allows Own Narration:
Uses Motion: No
Age: 4 - 9
English • French • Spanish •German •
One Saturday, Sarah's family is packing things to make room for Grandma Mary who is coming to live with them while dealing with Alzheimer's. Sarah understands that grandma's disease means she can't always remember very well. The family doctor gives Sarah lots of ideas for memory 'exercises' she can do with grandma to help her.
One day, after a week of living with the family, grandma can't be found. In her confusion and fear, Sarah summons a magic fairy named Mina to help. The fairy explains how neurons work to little Sarah, and reminds her that people with Alzheimer's "often remember things from long ago, from their childhood, but they forget the most recent things, like where they live."
Sarah leads her family to search for grandma at her childhood home. They find the old woman waiting at the door of her former apartment. Sarah becomes the family hero.
Questions that follow the story include:
"What are neurons?"
"Do you know here the name Alzheimer comes from?"
"What happens to Sarah's grandmother because of the Alzheimer's Disease?"
"Do you know here Alzheimer's Disease attacks?"