The Tide

The Tide

The Tide
Clare Helen Welsh

Little Tiger Press

ISBN 9781788810852

Grandad doesn't remember things like he used to. But I love him as much as I always have. And I know that he loves me. A story about families, laughter, and how we can help a loved one with dementia live well.

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A little girl muses about her Grandfather as his memories now ebb and flow like the tide. She remembers their trip to the beach where they played so happily in spite of Grandad burying the sandwiches. Although she admits to being cross sometimes when he forgets things, she recalls times when she has forgotten things and has needed help and support from others. The story ends with the comforting thought that even if Grandad doesn't remember things as he used to 'I love him as much as I always have. And I know that he loves me.'

This is such a beautiful and reassuring book which gently explores the complex emotions experienced by those facing dementia in a loved one. As the little girl thinks about her grandfather, she deals with her feelings towards him and considers all her worries, making this a perfect book to share with those in a similar situation. The reassuring message the story gives about love is poignant and beautiful.

Full of delightful illustrations showing lovely scenes of family life and fun, the pictures are also cleverly used to emphasise what is happening in the text. For example, at one point, the little girl wonders whether her Granddad might forget her and the picture shows her standing alone on a rock, a long shadow behind her.

A heart warming story on such an important subject, The Tide is an essential book for everyone to share.

Picture book / Ages 4+ / Reviewed by Sue Wilsher, teacher


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