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Volume V Number 21 . . . . June 18, 1999
We went to visit Pop one dayOld Timers sounds rather like "Alzheimers," which is the subject of this little book. Via verse, a child attempts to explain the problems that the disease has brought to his grandfather. The book would be useful for parents or teachers to help children in a similar situation come to terms with the changes in an older person who had previously shared their lives but who is now suffering from Alzheimers.
The illustrations on each page are attractive, but the design of the corresponding verses facing them is anything but attractive or satisfactorily legible. Each one is a representation of hen-scratchy hand printing on a piece of lined paper torn from a note book. While this approach might perhaps be fine for an adult to read to a child, young readers would have problems deciphering the words. For instance, all the letter 't's are printed in upper case. The rhythm and rhyme are also forced and unnatural at times:
We came to say hello to him
The last line seemed very awkward and poor English to boot.
Perhaps this criticism will be considered mean-spirited, but it seems odd that a colourful little book with a compassionate theme would be allowed to have these distracting flaws.
Recommended with reservations.
Joan Payzant is a retired teacher-librarian now living in Dartmouth, NS.
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