Striped Shirts and Flowered Pants

by Barbara Schnurbush | Children's Books |
ISBN: 1591474760 Global Overview for this book
Registered by Lizabeth86 of Middletown, Connecticut USA on 10/23/2006
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12 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by Lizabeth86 from Middletown, Connecticut USA on Monday, October 23, 2006
Book Description
Libby likes to do various everyday jobs with Nana, such as planting flowers and feeding the birds. One day, Libby’s mom notices that Nana’s clothes don’t match—she’s wearing striped shirts and flowered pants. Libby likes to wear her favorite blue striped shirt and orange flowered pants, too, so she doesn’t think Nana has made a mistake. But when Nana forgets the name of her favorite bird and how to say some words in one of Libby’s books, Libby becomes afraid that Nana is very sick. Libby’s parents explain that Nana has Alzheimer’s disease and doctors can’t fix it like they can fix a broken arm. They tell Libby that Nana might even have to come live with their family or be attended to by a nurse at some point. Libby’s parents also explain that Nana may have mood spells—she might be very happy one minute and very angry the next. Libby realizes that she can do many things to help Nana on her own, like giving her big hugs and planting flowers and listening to birds just like before. It’s okay if sometimes both Libby and Nana both wear striped shirts and flowered pants.

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I may be alittle biased as the author of this book is my sister.

Journal Entry 2 by Lizabeth86 from Middletown, Connecticut USA on Wednesday, November 01, 2006
I am starting a bookray for my sister's book. The only requirement to sign up is that you give your opinion or review the book once you have read it. My sister would love to read feedback on this.

Those signed up so far.

1. Titurtle1/Scifisstrs - PA (ship anywhere)
2. Bookgal23 - NJ (ship anywhere)
3. *Breeze - Canada(anywhere)
4. *Hoselauren - Canada
5. *Aceofhearts - Canada(anywhere but canada if possible)
6. Ellymae58 - CA (ship anywhere)
7. Candieb -TX (anywhere)
8. Cosmic-Gin - Australia (anywhere)
9. georgieandkids <---currently here
10.aussieangel2
11.Karinalyssa - Canada





Journal Entry 3 by TITurtle1 from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania USA on Monday, November 27, 2006
Came in the mail! :-)

Will read quickly and pass on with comments.

Thanks for including us in the ring Lizabeth.

Journal Entry 4 by TITurtle1 from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania USA on Thursday, November 30, 2006
Finished this book yesterday.
Let me just start off with saying how sweet this book was, and how close to home it certainly came for me. The book presented Alzheimer's disease the way that I remember it being explained to me when I was little, with the same conditions beginning to expose themselves upon my grandfather. I know this is a difficult subject to grasp, and it was explained well (in my opinion) in this book. One of my favorite lines in the book was: "She whispered in my ear, 'Libby, please don’t ever forget how much I love you.'" I thought this summed up the book for me that although the mind and memory may dilapidate, the love that was there is in fact, still there no matter what. Wonderful message. :-)

Thank you Lizabeth for adding me to this ring, it was a pleasure reading this book.

Sci will be adding her journal entry soon...

Will be PMing Bookgal for her address... Hope you enjoy it as much as I had. :-)

Journal Entry 5 by SciFisstrs from Elkins Park, Pennsylvania USA on Friday, December 01, 2006
I thought this story explained very well what this diease does to a person. And surly a little child would benefit greatly. I thought book was very colorful to attract the attention of the story. I too remembered with each stage what my father went through. Amd the one thing that was said "She whispered in my ear, 'Libby, please don’t ever forget how much I love you.'" I remember hearing something similar. And I was glad to see it in the book because specially a child needs to hear this. That the elder person does have some memory even if it is a short one.

I wish this book was around when Matt was little, it would be the 1st book I would've got.
Well done Barbara!

Journal Entry 6 by TITurtle1 from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania USA on Friday, December 01, 2006
Got Bookgal's address, will try to send it out tomorrow... putting at Traveling for now.. :-)

Journal Entry 7 by CharmedKim from Secaucus, New Jersey USA on Monday, December 11, 2006
This arrived last week and I read it very quickly. Sorry I didn't journal it sooner. As Turtle and Sci said before me, the line: "She whispered in my ear, 'Libby, please don’t ever forget how much I love you.'" was really touching and summed up the story for me. My friend's grandmother has Alzheimer's disease, and although my friend is 26 years old, I'll be recommending this book to him.

Thanks for sharing this.

I'm off to PM Breeze for her address.

Journal Entry 8 by CharmedKim from Secaucus, New Jersey USA on Thursday, January 04, 2007
This was mailed to Breeze, today. Sorry it took me so long to send it.

Journal Entry 9 by Breeze144 from Ajax, Ontario Canada on Friday, January 12, 2007
Arrived here today! Love the note from the author! :)

Journal Entry 10 by Breeze144 from Ajax, Ontario Canada on Friday, January 12, 2007
Read this as soon as I had a quiet moment this evening....and loved it! I don't have a personal connection to Alzheimer's but I'm sure I'll encounter a family facing these challenges in my teaching career and I'll be glad to refer them to this story. The note to parents at the back is fantastic and a wonderful thing to have included!

Thank you so much, Liz, for organizing this ring and sharing this delightful story!

I'll be sending this to Lauren asap...

Journal Entry 11 by HoserLauren from Burlington, Ontario Canada on Tuesday, January 16, 2007
I received this today from Bree. I'll sit down with it tonight or tomorrow.
And how nice, a note to bookrelayers and bookcrossers from the author! :)

Journal Entry 12 by HoserLauren from Burlington, Ontario Canada on Tuesday, January 16, 2007
My grandmother had Alzheimers so I can relate to Libby, even though (thankfully) I was much older when we found out she had it. I think the very most important line is the book is when Libby's nana tells Libby that no matter what, she will always love her. The illustrations in the book are sweet, and the story is touching. There's also a great section in the back for parents and how to tell their children about Alzheimers, as well as what reactions to expect. This is a great book for any child going through these circumstances.

Passing along to my mom shortly.

Journal Entry 13 by wingAceofHeartswing from Mississauga, Ontario Canada on Wednesday, January 17, 2007
This book is now with me. What a lovely note from the author

Journal Entry 14 by wingAceofHeartswing from Mississauga, Ontario Canada on Friday, January 19, 2007
What a wonderful book!! I have just gone through the loss of my Mom to Altzheimer's. This book uses just the right touch in describing the disease to a child and allaying their fears. I too loved when Nana has a lucid moment and tells her granddaughter how much she loves her. the illustrations were also wonderful and colourful

Journal Entry 15 by wingAceofHeartswing from Mississauga, Ontario Canada on Tuesday, January 23, 2007
mailed today to EllyMae58

Journal Entry 16 by EllyMae58 from San Diego, California USA on Wednesday, February 07, 2007
I picked this up from my p.o. box yesterday. I read it as soon as I pulled it from the package. Cute illustrations, and a very sweet story. I have not had any personal experience with anyone that had Alzheimer's Disease, but I am sure this would be very helpful in explaining it to a young child. However, I would have found it more poignant and meaningful if Nana had told Libby "I will never forget how much I love you", since Nana was the one forgetting everything, not Libby.

Overall, a lovely book. Well done, Barbara Schnurbush! And thank you for sharing it, Lizabeth86. I am going to share it with my mom this weekend, and then I'll get it off to candieb next week.


Journal Entry 17 by candieb from Austin, Texas USA on Saturday, February 24, 2007
This came a few days ago, I'm just now getting around to opening my mail. We are coming up on the anniversary of my grandmother's death from Alzheimer’s (many years ago) so this is timely. I'll read it soon and send it on it's way to Cosmic.

Journal Entry 18 by candieb from Austin, Texas USA on Sunday, February 25, 2007
This was a very well done book, a must for anyone with a child that needs help explaining what is happening with grandma/grandpa and Alzheimer's. Well presented and beautifully illustrated. Well done, Ms. Schnurbush.

Journal Entry 19 by candieb from Austin, Texas USA on Tuesday, March 27, 2007
I just realized this still says it's with me. I sent this USPS Global like 3 days after I wrote the last journal entry :( :( It hasn't been returned yet either. I'll email cosmic to make sure they got it... I do hope it's not lost!

Journal Entry 20 by cosmic-gin from Sydney, New South Wales Australia on Saturday, April 07, 2007
Yipee it's here!! Rec'd a couple of days ago, but haven't had a chance to journal. Since I'm the last one on the list I'll post a message on the Aussie forum to see if anyone else would like to join the bookring (if that's ok)! :)

Journal Entry 21 by cosmic-gin from Sydney, New South Wales Australia on Monday, May 14, 2007
What a cute book and I loved the illustrations! :) I think it's written very well and tackles a hard topic simplistically when explaining to a child. I really enjoyed it and am sure that the lil ones would to. I agree with EllyMae58 that it would be more meaningful if Nana said I will never forget how much I love you! But I'm just splitting hairs .. haha! Overall, I thought it was great.

* After asking some Aussies if they'd like to read this next, the following list is where the book is heading ....

1) georgieandkids (posted today)
2) aussieangel2
3) ??? any takers ???

Journal Entry 22 by georgieandkids from Perth City, Western Australia Australia on Friday, May 25, 2007
This childrens book is so beautifully written and the illustrations are so bright and attractive. A book that should be in all kindy, pre-primary, in fact all schools. Helped me explain a lot to all my children which And gave us an open invitation to talk about whats happening to their grandma. Thank you. Hope to see this book in all schools very soon.Am sending it on to the aussieangel2 the next person on the list for the book ring.

Journal Entry 23 by aussieangel2 from Dayton, Western Australia Australia on Sunday, June 10, 2007
Received from georgieandkids today. Will read it and read to my 4yo son.


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