Saturday, January 12, 2019

The Sunsets of Miss Olivia Wiggins by Lester L. Laminack - OPTIONAL

The Sunsets of Miss Olivia Wiggins by Lester L. Laminack, illustrated by Constance R. Bergum. PICTURE BOOK. Peachtree Publishers, 2018. $9. 9781682630631



Miss Olivia Wiggins has Alzheimers and lives in a nursing home. Her daughter and great-grandson come to visit one day and as they speak with her she never responds but she does think back and remember events from her past. Despite having seeming no connection to her visitors, they still feel and try to build a bond with their loved one.

This is a serious picture book, the kind only the most sensitive kids are going to pick up on their own. The topic of how to deal with loves ones who suffer from Alzheimers is an important one but this is a book that approaches it on a deep, serious level. The illustrations are watercolors--beautiful but not super approachable--and there's a lot of text on each page. I imagine many adults might think this is a good pick, but I personally liked Grandma Forgets by Paul Russell a lot better.

Reviewer: TC

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