Really and Truly: A Story About Dementia by Emile Rivard


Really and Truly: A Story About Dementia by Emile Rivard

This sensitive picture book explores the relationship between Charlie and his grandfather, who has developed Alzheimer's and dementia. Charlie used to love his grandfather's stories, but now Grandpa has changed and he doesn't tell them anymore. Charlie still remembers the stories though, and he has a great idea - he can tell them back to Grandpa! And, just occasionally, he can make Grandpa smile...This book is designed to give parents of children whose grandparent suffers from dementia a way into discussing the changes that are taking place, and how they might deal with them, without raising false hope. It also offers a moving insight into the loving relationship between grandparent and grandchild, which transcends the difficulties of this tragic disease, without focusing on too much background information about Alzheimer's, or other forms of dementia.


Really and Truly is one of those books that parents hope they will never need, but it's a must-have for any family dealing with a loved one suffering from dementia...will leave adult readers teary, but will be especially poignant, relevant, and helpful for parents struggling to put dementia into terms that younger children can understand. Blake Eligh, Senior Editor at, Quill & Quire A sensitive and helpful way of discussing dementia's effect with children... on a wider level- celebrating the bond between grandchild and grandparent and the value and power of play and shared stories. Rhino Reads Sweet, tasteful, delicately written... a book like this is informative, useful and important. * * * * Bookbag Sensitive, gently humorous, tender and warm... the power of story and a message of hope come through strongly. Red Reading Hub Beautifully produced illustrations... something to shout about... the importance of family love and the acceptance of what is happening makes this a great story. * * * * Books for Keeps This story offers a sensitive way of trying to cope with a heart breaking situation. School Librarian Charming Carousel

About the Author

Emilie Rivard studied creative writing at Universite Laval in Quebec City and focused her writing on exploring imagination and creativity. She writes regularly for Les Explorateurs and has written several beloved children's books in French. Anne-Claire Delisle has taught illustration at Cegep de Sainte-Foy in Quebec for more than twenty years. She is the illustrator of the popular French children's series Pomme et Pepin.

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24 pages


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Publication date

12th June 2014



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