Children’s Book Review: Green Kitty by Alexandra Faer Bryan

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Today I had the chance to post my review of Green Kitty, a short children’s book. 🙂 This is an adorable story that deals with a harder subject. This book would be a great tool for parents who need some help explaining assisted living homes and Alzheimer’s to their children. As always the picture links to the Amazon page for you to check out! 🙂

Blurb:

Green Kitty has won two awards; it placed as a finalist in the “2012 International Book Awards” contest in the category of children’s fiction and in the USA Book News “Best Books 2011” contest. Filled with true, laugh-out-loud animal antics, Green Kitty will please any child who loves their pets. Green Kitty Written for children ages 8 to 12 to help explain Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, it is both entertaining and educational.  Parents will enjoy reading it out loud to younger children.

It is a story about a grandmother recently placed in an assisted living facility being visited by her grandchild.  Their bond grows stronger through the visits despite the illness.  The grandmother recalls old stories, mostly about family pets, after the child’s curiosity is piqued about a special animal.  Helpful information about Alzheimer’s disease is deftly woven into the story.

Green Kitty will capture the imagination of any child as it retells the true stories of the author’s family pets and farm animals.  These are very amusing, earthy stories which will appeal to both parents and children.

Review:

Grade:  B+

This is an adorable book for children. I enjoyed it, and thought it was definitely a great piece about a grandmother and grandchild.

I didn’t think the opening about why the grandmother was in the nursing home works particularly well for children, but it does cover the main points of why the child’s grandmother had to move into the assisted living home where all these stories take place. I think that is my only flaw overall with the book.

The illustrations are beautiful, very well done. Especially those on the odd numbered pages. I would’ve loved to see more. Each story could have two or more mixed into it, to appeal to the children more. This book has so many scenes that would make lovely illustrations. I think that would bring a lot to the book and help it be something easier for children to read.

Overall, this is a lovely story about a grandchild and his visits with his grandmother that would a fun, sweet read for any child!

Check out her website at www.greenkittybook.com 🙂

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