Bound To Stay Bound

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 Forget me not
 Author: Van Laan, Nancy

 Publisher:  Schwartz & Wade Books (2014)

 Classification: Easy
 Physical Description: [32] p., col. ill., 26 cm.

 BTSB No: 902805 ISBN: 9780449815434
 Ages: 4-8 Grades: K-3

 Alzheimer's disease -- Fiction
 Grandmothers -- Fiction
 Memory -- Fiction
 Old age -- Fiction

Price: $6.50

Young Julia comes to terms with the changes in her beloved grandmother, whose Alzheimer's disease makes it hard for her to remember people and things.

 Illustrator: Graegin, Stephanie
Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: LG
   Reading Level: 3.80
   Points: .5   Quiz: 169270

Common Core Standards 
   Grade 2 → Reading → RL Reading Literature → 2.RL Key Ideas & Details
   Grade 2 → Reading → RL Reading Literature → 2.RL Craft & Structure
   Grade 2 → Reading → RL Reading Literature → Texts Illustrating the Complexity, Quality, & Rang

   Kirkus Reviews (07/01/14)
 The Hornbook (00/09/14)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 06/01/2014 K-Gr 3—When her grandmother begins exhibiting signs of Alzheimer's disease, Julia and her parents must come to terms with the illness and get her the care she needs. Grandma's slow alteration rings true: forgetting names, losing the car in a parking lot, and getting lost in a oft-visited place. Though the illustrations depict the child as quite young, her narration is rather adult in tone: "I remember when Grandma was still her old sweet self," "ever so slowly, like a low tide leaving the bay, a change came along," and, "When she sees her bed all abloom…." The mother's explanation of the disease is nonthreatening and easy for a child to understand. The pencil and ink washes, finished digitally and varying in size, subtly show how Grandma is becoming forgetful, from the dying plants and a watering can in the house to her mismatched socks and unkempt hair. Pair this with Mary Bahr's The Memory Box (Albert Whitman, 1992), which introduces the idea of how to preserve memories before they are lost forever.—Maryann H. Owen, Children's Literature Specialist, Mt. Pleasant, WI - Copyright 2014 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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