Today I’m excited to welcome author Crystal Bowman to the blog today to talk about her recent book.
As we age, we joke about being forgetful or having a senior moment. But when memory loss is the result of dementia or Alzheimer’s, it isn’t funny anymore. With the Baby Boomer population aging, dementia is on the rise. It is estimated that 1 in 10 adults over the age of 65 have some form of dementia. This debilitating disease affects not only the person, but the extended family as well. How do parents explain to their children that Grandma or Grandpa no longer knows their name? Children are sad and confused when the relationship they enjoyed is no longer there. Parents need resources to help children understand why things are different. I Love You to the Stars, When Grandma Forgets, Love Remembers (Kregel Publishing 2020),is a picture book that enables parents to explain memory loss to a child.
The Sweet Story
The story begins when Grandma and her dog, Sunny, move in with a young boy and his mother. The boy and his grandma spend hours doing puzzles, reading books, and going to the park. One day, when the boy returns home from school, Grandma is in the driveway with a police officer. She and Sunny went for a walk and got lost. Things continue to worsen when she misplaces items in the house and when she no longer engages in activities. The mother explains that Grandma’s mind is sick and now it is their turn to help her. When they can no longer care for her, she moves to a home where caregivers help with her daily needs. The boy, his mom, and Sunny visit her often and enjoy spending time with her again. The message in the story is that even though memories may fade, love will always last.
The Story Behind the Story
A professor from Denver Seminary lost his brilliant wife to dementia in her early 60s. He wrote about his painful journey in a memoir but wanted to reach children as well. The story of his wife was the inspiration for this book. It is considered fiction, but many of the events actually happened. We sent a picture of Sunny to the illustrator and his portrayal of Sunny is perfect, adding a bit of warmth and humor to the story.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Crystal Bowman is an award-winning, bestselling author of more than 100 books for children and families. She is the creator and coauthor of Our Daily Bread for Kids, Devotions for Beginning Readers, and M is for Manger. She also writes lyrics for children’s piano music and stories for Clubhouse Jr. Magazine. She and her husband live in Michigan and enjoy their 7 huggable grandchildren.
I Love You to the Stars—When Grandma Forgets, Love Remembers was published by Kregel Publishing and released September 2020. It is available at
Christian Book Distributors https://www.christianbook.com/love-stars-when-grandma-forgets-remembers/crystal-bowman/9780825446474/pd/5446474?product_redirect=1&search_term=I%20love%20you%20to%20the%20stars&Ntt=5446474&item_code=&ps_exit=PRODUCT&Ntk=keywords&event=ESRCP
Please visit Crystal’s website at: https://crystalbowman.com/