Nov 262019
 

I’ll be honest, I absolutely love writing about all the gorgeous kids’ books I find but I am struggling today. Just last week I lost my amazing Opa, which made this new Walker Books release even more personal, special and quite emotional to me. If you have a wonderful grandpa (or grandma) in your life this book is sure to pull on your heartstrings like it did for me:

In The Corner of my Eye (RRP $26.99) we meet a special grandfather and his granddaughter Sally, who is determined to help her grandpa find what he is looking for. Things would be a lot easier if grandpa actually remembered what he was looking for, but he forgot that too so Sally decides to simply start looking…

From the cluttered kitchen cupboards to the soft, cosy armchair, from the colourful backyard to the farthest corner of the attic and everywhere in between, Sally searches everywhere and while she finds lots and lots of things she still doesn’t find ‘it’ so she must keep going. This treasure hunt sure is full of interesting finds and dear memories which are all precious in their own way.

As I have sadly seen in my own Opa, dementia is a cruel disease. Dementia turns someone’s brain into a big, messy house where they can’t find the one thing they are desperately seeking. As a loved one you often don’t know what the missing object is, however you can help join the search and sometimes that’s enough.

The ‘Corner of my Eye’ is a beautiful and heartwarming book that, in a wonderful, gentle way, helps young children to understand their ‘forgetful’ grandparent a little better. Featuring an interesting mix of hand drawn illustrations and real photos the book is a joy to look at. I just love the balance between the calm, peaceful images and Colin Thompson’s signature busy, overflowing pages which are perfect for a game of search and find. ‘The Corner of my Eye’ is a touching addition to any family bookshelf.

To find out more about Walker Books and to take a closer look at ‘The Corner of my Eye’ visit www.walkerbooks.com.au.

For your chance to win 1 of 3 copies of ‘The Corner of my Eye’ (RRP $26.99) hop on over to the Hip Little One Facebook page to enter, good luck!

Jul 182018
 

EK Books

The strange thing about moving countries is that somehow in your head you think of everyone exactly the way they were when you left. This years marks 12 years since I moved to Australia and the unfortunate fact is that people have changed and gotten older. My beautiful Opa is now an impressive 95 years old and sadly suffers from dementia. I know that he will not be able to fully understand/remember me when we visit next month but I will treasure every moment I get to spend with him and he will always be very special to me.

In Finding Granny a little Edie has such a special grandparent too. Her lovely granny is funny and fearsome, creative and courageous and Edie finds comfort in knowing her granny is always the same. Until one day Granny has a stroke and all of a sudden Granny is ‘different’…

At first Edie struggles to find her familiar Granny in this strange lady, she doesn’t sound like her Granny at all and she can’t do the things she used to. But with lots of love, patience and art class not only is Granny finding her new self, Edie is also finding her Granny.

There is so many things to love about Finding Granny and the important messages is shared with young readers: The importance of family, the impact of (sudden) illness/accident/age and how it may change people from the outside, but how they stay the same on the inside. Patience, the value of art therapy and how you should never give up on people. And of course never judge someone by their looks or abilities! This gorgeous picture book features colourful illustrations that children will love and it is a fantastic conversation starter for families with young children.

You can find Finding Granny (RRP $24.99) in leading book stores across Australia.

To find out more about EK Books, to browse the range and to order your favourite titles online visit www.ekbooks.org.

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