Striped Shirts and Flowered Pants: A Story About Alzheimer's Disease for Young Children

Illustrated by Cary Pillo
Pages: 32, Color
Size: 8" x 10"
Age Range: 4-8
Item #: 441A475
ISBN: 978-1-59147-475-3
List Price: $14.95
Copyright: 2006
Format: Hardcover
Other Format: Softcover
Availability: In Stock
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Libby and Nana love to read stories and color pictures together. They plant the garden in spring and feed the songbirds. But Libby notices that Nana is forgetting the words in books. She's mixing up the names of birds. She's wearing clothes that don't match.

What's going on? When Libby's parents tell her about Alzheimer's disease, she begins to understand what is happening to Nana. And with their reassurance and help, she finds ways to be with Nana and still do the things they love.

For parents, a note by psychologist Linda Scacco, PhD, offers guidance for helping children cope when a family member has Alzheimer's disease.

About the Author
Barbara Schnurbush lives in New Hampshire with her husband and three children. Her own experiences with both a grandparent and a parent prompted her to write this book to help families coping with Alzheimer's disease.
About the Illustrator
Cary Pillo grew up on a farm near the Cascade Mountain range in Washington state, and now lives in Seattle with her husband and son and their dog Atlas. She has illustrated many children's books, including A Terrible Thing Happened, Gentle Willow, and Tibby Tried It.
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