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[DiverseKidLit] Fears, Lost Memories, and “Newspaper Hats”

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Newspaper Hats

Written by: Phil Cummings Illustrated by: Owen Swan
Published by: Charlesbridge, 2016
ISBN: 1580897835 (ISBN13: 9781580897839)Borrowed a copy from the Jurong West Public Library. Book Photos taken by me. 

This book shows a young girl named Georgie paying her grandfather a visit, in what the reader can somewhat deduce to be either a hospital or a nursing home. As she “walked down corridors that twisted and turned” she asked her father quite anxiously whether Grandpa would remember her today.


The narrative is fairly simple with the young girl’s constant refrain of remembrances – as Grandfather responds by sharing distant memories of him playing with tadpoles as a young boy with his brother, faraway smells that seem quite near to him, and his fears about a war long gone.


I suppose what worked for me in this book is the physical displays of affection showered by the young child to her grandfather, as they both pass the time by doing the one thing that Grandfather does remember: making newspaper hats that they all wear proudly on their heads.


I also like how the grandfather is depicted as a man with a full life, notwithstanding his lapses. While yes, he is indeed sick with memories that are inaccessible to him, he remains a human being who is very obviously cared for by this young girl who does everything she could to be remembered by him.

This would be a good book to pair with Arthur Levine’s What A Beautiful Morning which we featured last year.

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Myra is a Teacher Educator and a registered clinical psychologist based in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. Prior to moving to the Middle East, she lived for eleven years in Singapore serving as a teacher educator. She has edited five books on rediscovering children’s literature in Asia (with a focus on the Philippines, Malaysia, India, China, Japan) as part of the proceedings for the Asian Festival of Children’s Content where she served as the Chair of the Programme Committee for the Asian Children’s Writers and Illustrators Conference from 2011 until 2019. While she is an academic by day, she is a closet poet and a book hunter at heart. When she is not reading or writing about books or planning her next reads, she is hoping desperately to smash that shuttlecock to smithereens because Badminton Is Life (still looking for badminton courts here at UAE - suggestions are most welcome).

2 comments on “[DiverseKidLit] Fears, Lost Memories, and “Newspaper Hats”

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  2. Books about kids dealing with a grandparent who has Alzheimer’s are so heartbreaking, but so necessary for helping them understand what is happening. Newspaper Hats and What a Beautiful Morning do this so well.


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