Today, I would like to welcome my fellow Queensland author Karen Tyrrell on to my blog to talk about her new book, Harry Helps Grandpa Remember.
FORMATS: eBook & Paperback
PUBLISHER: Digital Future Press
PUB DATE: June 20th 2015
CATEGORY: Picture book -Educational
AUDIENCE: 4- 8 years
DISTRIBUTION: Lightning Source, Amazon, Ingram Content Peter Pal, James Bennett, ALS, Fishpond, Barnes & Noble, Dymocks, Angus & Robertson, Mary Ryan.
EXTENT: 36 pages
AU RRP: eBook: $3.99
eBook available on Amazon & online stores.
Karen Tyrrell is an award-winning Australian resilience author and teacher. Karen presents interactive story telling sessions, creative writing workshops, seminars and author talks in schools, libraries, festivals and conferences. She speaks out on TV, radio and writes for magazines. Harry Helps Grandpa Remember (2015) and Bailey Beats the Blah (2013) empowers children with coping skills. STOP the Bully (2014) mid-grade novel empowers children with assertive anti-bullying strategies.
SYNOPSIS: Harry and Grandpa love playing hide -and-seek together. Over time Grandpa becomes grumpy and forgetful, refusing to play games with Harry anymore. On Grand-parent’s Day, Grandpa becomes confused and lost. He couldn’t even remember Harry’s name. Then Harry discovers clever ways to boost Grandpa’s memory. How does Harry help Grandpa remember?
Endearingly told and full of hope, compassion and humour, ‘Harry’ provides a gentle in-troduction for children to the realities of Dementia and Alzheimer’s. WINNER: RADF Grant via Arts Queensland & Logan City Council. THEMES: memory, problem solving, coping skills, grandparents, family, compassion, De-mentia. *5 STAR REVIEWS: Teachers and counsellors. More coming soon from Buzz Words and Creative Kids Tales. Aligned with Kids Matter: Australian curriculum
Who did you write Harry Helps Grandpa Remember for?
I wrote HHGR so children can experience the special love between Harry and his Grandpa. Harry will do ANYTHING to help his grandpa remember. I want children to appreciate and spend more time with their grandparents.
What effect do you want Harry Helps Grandpa Remember to have on children?
I hope Harry Helps Grandpa Remember will engage children in a fun story where Harry promises to help his grandpa solve his memory problem, and help him to remember. Children will become active participants in guessing how harry will help grandpa. And subsequently more aware of their grand-parents, memories, memory loss, brain health and coping skills
What makes Harry different to similar themed books?
Harry shares specific strategies that children can use to help their loved ones to not only remember, but have the sparkle in their eyes return.
Who has embraced Harry Helps Grandpa Remember already?
Counsellors, teachers and libraries already have purchased copies and are using the story pro-actively as biblio-therapy to empower children to cope with memory loss in someone they love and care for. Many schools are planning to use Harry Helps Grandpa Remember for a unit on Grandparents Day incorporating the book and children’s activities including puppets, dot-to-dot and sequencing.
To find out more about Karen and her books, please visit her website here.