Text: Anna Sakowicz

Illustrations: Ewa Bieniak-Haremska

 

7+

159 pages

Hardcover

21,5 x  15,5 cm

(Poradnia K)

Rights sold: Spain, Russia

English translation sample available

 

 Nomination for the Best Book 2019 by IBBy Polish Section

 

 

Mr. A moves into the Aniela’s home and turns the family life upside down.

It’s his fault that grandma  is forgetful, confuses names, doesn’t recognize the family members and doen’t cope with daily activities.

Aniela doesn’t like Mr. A. She writes letters to him and urges him to move out.

„I don’t like you! Why can’t you leave my grandmother alone ?!” The girl writes him letters and leaves them on the threshold of her grandmother’s room. She never finds them there in the morning so she is convinced that Mr. Alzheimer takes them at night.

 

A unique, moving, warm and full of humor lined with melancholy book by Anna Sakowicz on the struggle of the family with an incurable disease – the Alzheimer. The readers will find find questions about how to deal with helplessness, transience, illness and old age. And old age seems to be a taboo subject – our society displaces it and runs away from it. We glorify eternal youth and vitality. The author is not afraid to raise these topics, because she knows how many families face them.

Parents find it particularly difficult to explain to children what happens to their beloved grandparents when they feel chaos instead of the well known order. Why they are unrecognizable, why they lose their orientation, do not recognize anyone or confuse the purpose of objects.

The content of this book is universal. The unique perspective of the child appeals to everyone, because when faced with a huge problem, which is an incurable disease, we all become helpless like children. The world seen through the eyes of a child is also created by Ewa Beniak-Haremska and her magical pictures that show lost or damaged objects, grandmother’s helplessness, but also happy moments when grandmother was still healthy.

Anna Sakowicz shares her experiences to a large extent; the story was based on her own experience – her mother suffers from Alzheimer’s. Writing became a kind of self-therapy and brought her great relief. And taught that the best medicine is love.

 

 

Znalezione obrazy dla zapytania listy do a. mieszka z nami alzheimer

 

Znalezione obrazy dla zapytania listy do a. mieszka z nami alzheimer