Fini loves spending time with her Granny. Granny fixes her hair, takes her to the park to feed the ducks, and sends her post cards from exotic places. Granny cooks great meals that the whole family enjoys.
Then Granny goes to the hospital and when she returns, she is not the same Granny. When Fini’s “new” Granny goes to the park, she eats the bread crumbs rather than giving them to the ducks.
Granny can no longer take trips, and ultimately she moves in with Fini’s family. Now Granny mostly spends her time telling Fini stories about her childhood. But one day Granny turns on the stove to warm her hands. Now everyone must watch over her to see that she stays safe. One day it is Fini’s job to look after Granny. Granny falls asleep and Fini goes into her room to color. Mom comes home and finds Granny asleep on the floor. Mom is angry. Fini is not really sure what she did wrong
A professional caretaker, Agatha, comes to aid the family. She comes several hours a day to watch Granny and to help her. The illustrations are stylized and done in sepia. They seem very appropriate for the tone of the story. As more and more families experience the need to care for aging families, books like My New Granny may help children to understand that life changes and that they can play a part in helping. Perhaps the most important message in the book is that children can love the new Granny as much as they loved her before age took its toll.
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