Title: What a Beautiful Morning
They even sang while Grandma made them cinnamon French toast. Which sometimes led to slightly burnt toast. And nobody ever minded.
Then they’d talk about their plans for the rest of the day.
“What’s on the docket?” Grandpa would ask.
And Noah always had dozens of docket ideas.
But this year, Grandpa forgot to ask what was on the docket almost every day.
Synopsis (from Amazon’s website):
Every morning is beautiful when Noah visits his Grandparents. When Grandpa and Noah wake up, they take off singing and hardly stop: walking the dog, splashing through puddles, and eating French toast with cinnamon.
But one summer Grandpa seems to have forgotten how to do the things they love. Does he even know who Noah is?
Grandma steps in energetically, filling in as best she can. But it is Noah who finds the way back to something he can share with Grandpa. Something musical. Something that makes the morning beautiful again.
This is a story about how love helps us find even what we think is lost.
Why I Like This Book:
A heartfelt story that will resonate with any reader who has an older person in their life suffering from Alzheimer’s. I like how the author has made this topic accessible by starting with a morning routine/ ritual between Grandpa and Noah and then showing how it’s changed. This allows the reader to feel Noah’s confusion and sadness. The author doesn’t try to hide the reality that things change such as Grandma now making the coffee in the morning, Grandpa needing a nap, and having to make a new and different docket for the day. But there is room for hope when we see Noah find a way to connect with Grandpa. The metaphor near the end of seeing grandpa’s smile being “like the sun breaking through clouds” warmed my heart.
The loose line and watercolor paintings are a charming and engaging. The illustrator uses color to show when grandpa is cognizant and grays when he isn’t. A great visual for those little non-readers.
A wonderful book that can be used as a conversation starter with a child about old age and mental illness.
The review is part of the WHAT A BEAUTIFUL MORNING BLOG TOUR. Do check out these other stops over the next two weeks.
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Disclosure: I received my copy of this book from the publisher. This review nevertheless reflects my own and honest opinion about the book.