Lovely Old Lion
Written by Julia Jarman
Illustrated by Susan Varley
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Lenny’s grandpa King Lion is getting forgetful and confused. He gets night and day mixed up and even forgets Lenny’s name. Grandma explains he’s not himself and Lenny works out ways to help his grandpa remember, games and activities that also make the old lion happy. Lots of children will recognise their own grandparents in King Lion and Julia Jarman and Susan Varley have created a lovely picture book that explains dementia in a very honest, yet gentle and reassuring way. Touching and poignant, the book also celebrates the special relationship between young and old. ~ Andrea Reece
A note from the author, Julia Jarman "When librarian Karen Morris told me there was a very real need for a story about dementia I said I'd have a go. Karen said a lot of children were having to come to terms with the fact that their grannies and granddads were losing their memories. Beloved grandparents were acting oddly and they didn't know why or what to do. I sympathised; I have friends with Alzheimer's, bright friends who started acting out of character. Lovely Old Lion is the result of this collaboration. Susan Varley has illustrated my text with huge sensitivity, conveying every nuance of emotion - and it is an emotional story."
Lovely Old Lion by Julia Jarman
Lenny the lion loves his grandpa, King Lion. But when King Lion starts to forget things, Lenny begins to worry. He can't understand why Grandpa keeps getting muddled and doesn't want to play any more. Lenny doesn't know what to do, but with a little help from Grandpa's old friends, perhaps he can find a way to help him remember...
According to the Alzheimer’s Society there are now over 800,000 people living with dementia in the UK - Lovely Old Lion will be a resource for those many families learning to cope with living with the disease.
A sensitively told story about a child coming to terms with his Grandpa's dementia. -- Fiona Noble The Bookseller
A thoughtful picture book which will help keep the bond between grandparents & children strong My Book Corner Moving
and sensitive... another classic Books for Keeps
Truly beautifully illustrated and sensitive story about dementia Askews & Holts Library Service
A supportive, honest, and needed explanation of Alzheimer’s-type illnesses Kirkus Reviews
About the Author
Interest Age: To 5
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Andersen Press Ltd
4th August 2016
Andersen Press Ltd is an imprint of Andersen Press
Andersen Press is one of the leading independent children’s publishers, publishing some of the biggest names in the world of children's books including the much-loved picture book characters the Little Princess and Elmer the patchwork elephant. Andersen Press is the home of many award-winning authors and illustrators including Melvin Burgess, Rebecca Stead, Satoshi Kitamura, Tony Ross, David McKee, Chris Judge and Jeanne Willis. Founded in 1976 by Klaus Flugge it won the Bologna Best Children’s Publisher prize in the European Category in 2016, the company’s 40th anniversary year.
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