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Laura Smetana
Ice Cream with Grandpa: A Loving Story for Kids About Alzheimer’s & Dementia

Picture Book; General Fiction (including literary and historical); (Market)

After his beloved grandpa’s health declines and he receives a diagnosis of dementia, a grandson must navigate the changes in their relationship. Through it all, he learns that Grandpa is still Grandpa, and their bond deepens and sweetens through a shared love of ice cream.
Kirkus Reviews

"Smetana’s vocabulary and descriptions seem true to a kid’s experience, and the evenhanded story, which never denies emotions like sadness and frustration, is grounded in kindness... The soft-edged, watercolor illustrations by de Moraes feature images of comfort and community; even in the difficult moments, there’s a sense of love in the scenes. While discussions about illness and death are always challenging, the author’s approach broaches the topics with care and sympathy. A moving, effective resource for conversations in the face of dementia and loss."

2022 Maxy Award Children’s Book Runner-Up

The 2022 Maxy Awards Children's Book Category Runner-Up is "Ice Cream with Grandpa" by Laura Smetana and Illustrated by Elisabete B.P. de Moraes!

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