Kid Review – A Rose for Grandma – Picture Storybook – Alzheimer’s Disease

  A Journey Through Alzheimer’s

Children’s Book

Date Published: April 14, 2021

Publisher: ‎ MindStir Media



Annie loves spending time with her grandparents; they’re some of her favorite people. One day she notices Grandma acting a bit strangely, and Annie learns that her warm, creative, loving grandma has Alzheimer’s Disease. Although at first Annie is worried, as she learns more about dementia, she makes up her mind to help Grandma in any way she can.

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My Review

Egi, Christiana. A Rose for Grandma: A Journey Through Alzheimers. Illustrated by Ramneet Kaur EDesigner Expert. North Hampton, NH: Mindstir Media, LLC, 2021.

When Grandma or Grandpa start forgetting things, it can be hard for young children to understand. Christiana Egi has written a delightful book for children to help them understand Alzheimer’s Disease. This picture storybook has text that can be understood by younger children but it is more of a read aloud book rather than a book for this age-group to read on their own.

I was a bit disappointed by the illustrations by Ramneet Kaur EDesigner Expert. While they are colorful, they are rather flat. They also are basically pictures of the characters with very little action. I’m not sure the illustrations will hold the interest of the children to whom the book is being read. 

Adults need to be aware that Christiana Egi does not always use American English spelling of words – this may confuse some children. 

A Rose for Grandma would be a good addition to the picture book section of any school library. 

I received a complimentary copy of A Rose for Grandma. This is my honest review. 

About the Author

Christiana Egi wrote A Rose for Grandma as part of an ongoing effort to eradicate the stigma around dementia and mental illness. She spent 10 years of her 34-year nursing career working in the crisis unit of Canada’s largest psychiatric hospital and owns and operates Alexis Lodge Retirement Residence, Memory Care Facilities in Toronto, Canada. She believes in treating everyone with love, respect and dignity, and she has a passion for helping families and individuals as they adjust to the changes that often come with Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia. Christiana is a woman of faith who uses her belief as a guide as she and her staff provide daily care to individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia. This is her first children’s book.


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