- Picture books
Washington, DC :
- Item Description
- "American Psychological Association."
Includes a recipe.
- Physical Description
- 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 27 cm
- Main Author
- Other Authors
Billy adores his Nana, who wears a belted vest in Bermudez's colorful art. He loves baking cherry empanadas alongside her, listening to her sing, and putting on shows together for their family and friends. As they prepare for their "best show ever," Billy is worried when his Nana asks him to remind her of their plans. Later, he brings his concern to his mother, who reassures him that though Nana sometimes forgets things, they can still do all of their favorite activities together. When his sister wakes up with a cough the morning of the program, Billy is momentarily discouraged before he gets an idea: "I know who the best singer is," writes Mora. He summons his Nana, and together they sing, helping one another recall their favorite songs in both Spanish and English. Back matter offers an empanada recipe and insights into discussing Alzheimer's with children. A winning story that also serves as a useful family resource. Ages 4–8. (Oct.) Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly.Review by School Library Journal Reviews
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 Copyright 2019 School Library Journal.
"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.Review by Publisher Summary 2
Billy's beloved Nana's memory is failing but they are "always amigos," so when disaster strikes the day of the family's big summer show, Billy finds a way he and Nana can save the day.Review by Publisher Summary 3
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.