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Family Fun with Alzheimer’s Disease

Maria’s Grandma Gets Mixed Up

I know all of you look forward to when our favorite author discusses major social problems. This time Doris tackles Alzheimer’s disease. Given the destructive nature of Alzheimer’s, books geared to kids should be part of any collection plan. I think we can skip this one, though.

Maria’s grandmother is living with her family and she has memory problems and gets “mixed up”. Maria prays about it and then the book ends. Mostly it is a description of the grandmother’s “wacky” problems with dementia. I am still trying to figure out the picture with the giant hands…


Be sure to check on Doris’ other gems here in the Doris Hall of Infamy category! You won’t be disappointed.

More Bibliotherapy for the kids:

Lee, the rabbit with Epilepsy

AIDS in the End Zone

Partying Horses (This is a long time ALB favorite you don’t want to miss! Also, it is worth reading through some of the comments as well.)

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Aunt Gracie’s Mistake

Softball Practice

Submitter: My daughter chose this on our last trip to our local public library.

The summary from Scholastic: “Aunt Gracie drives Jan and friend Sam to the park for softball practice. As she drives off, Jan and Sam wait for the other team members to arrive. But Jan starts to get worried and realizes that her Aunt Gracie left them at the wrong park. Sam has a great idea to pass the time by practicing softball. And while they’re having fun, Sam’s mom, Jan’s dad and Aunt Gracie all arrive. And they end up having a great softball practice anyway!”

Basically, this aunt drops two six-year-olds at an empty park and leaves. They realize the mistake and decide to play catch while they wait for some responsible adults to show up. Then, here come mom and dad and auntie, and they all shrug and say, “Oopsie! Sorry for abandoning you for the last hour!” The end.

Holly: I guess in some parts of the country it’s plausible… In other parts of the country, the six-year-olds would have cell phones and call Aunt Gracie immediately. While they waited, the six-year-olds would tweet: “Abandoned at empty park. Send juiceboxes. #FML” Aunt Gracie and the parents would then have a visit from Child Protective Services. #TheEnd

Dating Tips for Teens

Love and Dating

This book looked older than 1994. I would have sworn late 1980s, tops. The advice is not that bad and mostly common sense stuff. The illustrations are awful and that alone would make it weedable, in my opinion. (I can just imagine my teen patrons rolling eyes at this one.)

Ladies, I encourage you to take a look at how to rate with guys. Obviously, we need to all examine our “ladylike” behavior. (The book doesn’t give us details on what that behavior might mean.)


More Teen Love:

Teen Sex or Teen Dating?

Say Yes to No

Taking all the fun out of sex

Teen Feelings

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