Joining us to share her great book is children’s author, Debra Tidball.
In this heartfelt picture book about two children visiting their grandmother, Debra Tidball and Leigh Hedstrom offer families a way for generations to connect despite the apparent barriers of age, illness and incapacity. Gently weaving past and present ‘When I See Grandma’ vividly demonstrates how memories are made and passed along.
A story of love
Debra Tidball describes the book as a love story to her mother and children. Being part of the ‘Sandwich Generation’ wedged between young children and a mother with dementia, Debra wrote the book that she would have liked to have read to her children when her mother was in aged care. She says:
‘The story is simple – two children visit their sleeping grandmother in an aged care home and ‘brighten her dreams’. I wrote it to encourage other parents and families in similar situations. If you find it encouraging, then my job is done.’
The importance of visiting grandma
Debra also hopes that her book encourages families to take young children to visit aging relatives in care homes. Although tempted herself to squeeze visits to her mother around her children’s school hours, Debra says she came to realise that she was denying her children the opportunity to connect with their grandma, and denying the nursing home community the fresh breeze of vitality that is young children.
‘When I See Grandma is Colourful, vibrant, humorous and poignant: a celebration of life and love. As one reader said: ‘I smiled. I giggled. I reminisced. I cried. One of the most emotional picture books I’ve read!’
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