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Ten-year-old Chersheng helps his beloved grandfather cope with his failing memory, brought on by Alzheimer's disease, by showing him the story quilt Grandfather made after fleeing his homeland, Laos, during wartime. Ten-year-old Chersheng helps his beloved grandfather cope with his failing memory, brought on by Alzheimer's disease, by showing him the story quilt Grandfather made after fleeing his homeland, Laos, during wartime.


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Ten-year-old Chersheng helps his beloved grandfather cope with his failing memory, brought on by Alzheimer's disease, by showing him the story quilt Grandfather made after fleeing his homeland, Laos, during wartime. Ten-year-old Chersheng helps his beloved grandfather cope with his failing memory, brought on by Alzheimer's disease, by showing him the story quilt Grandfather made after fleeing his homeland, Laos, during wartime.

40 review for Grandfather's Story Cloth / Yawg Daim Paj Ntaub Dab Neeg

  1. 5 out of 5

    Abigail

    When Chersheng's beloved grandfather forgets his name - confusing his grandson with his own long-dead brother, Fong - the young Hmong-American boy knows that things will never be the same again. Struggling to understand the changes wrought by Alzheimer's Disease, Chersheng uses his grandfather's Story Cloth - made in a refugee camp in Thailand, after his family fled the fighting in Laos - to bridge the gap between the past and the present. Told in both English and Hmong, Grandfather's Story Cloth When Chersheng's beloved grandfather forgets his name - confusing his grandson with his own long-dead brother, Fong - the young Hmong-American boy knows that things will never be the same again. Struggling to understand the changes wrought by Alzheimer's Disease, Chersheng uses his grandfather's Story Cloth - made in a refugee camp in Thailand, after his family fled the fighting in Laos - to bridge the gap between the past and the present. Told in both English and Hmong, Grandfather's Story Cloth offers a sensitive portrayal of a young boy confronting the hurt that accompanies Alzheimer's Disease - the sense of loss as loved ones seem to be slipping away from us - as well as a fascinating glimpse of Hmong history and culture. Linda Gerdner and Sarah Langford are both nurses who work with Alzheimer's patients, and their intimate knowledge of the subject matter shines through. A postscript includes more information about the disease, and about the Hmong people. I can't say I was as thrilled with Stuart Loughridge's art as I was with the text, although I appreciated the inclusion of various Hmong motifs in the design of the book. The illustrations themselves were a little too blurry for my taste. Still, this was an engaging picture-book, and a very worthy addition to the growing body of children's stories dealing with Alzheimer's.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Katalina Townsley

    Grandfather's Story Cloth was one that so many people can relate to no matter what their cultural background. Chersheng's grandfather has Alzheimer's disease. He doesn't always remember his family, the time period, or where he is. This is upsetting to Chersheng and his younger brother. When their mother brings out a story cloth that the grandfather had made, the grandfather was able to share stories of his life in Laos. Chersheng decides to create something that will help keep memories for his g Grandfather's Story Cloth was one that so many people can relate to no matter what their cultural background. Chersheng's grandfather has Alzheimer's disease. He doesn't always remember his family, the time period, or where he is. This is upsetting to Chersheng and his younger brother. When their mother brings out a story cloth that the grandfather had made, the grandfather was able to share stories of his life in Laos. Chersheng decides to create something that will help keep memories for his grandfather of his time in America. this brought back memories of my grandmother who had alzheimer's disease.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Ardea Smith

    Title / Author / Publication Date: Gerdner, L., & Langford, S. (2008). Grandfather's Story Cloth. Walnut Creek, California Shen's Books Genre: Fiction Format: Hardcover Plot summary: Most of the books dealing with Alzheimer’s are written from the perspective of white youth and their families. This book, Grandfather’s Story Cloth, is important because it deals with Alzheimer’s from the perspective of the minority group Hmong from Laos. The book is replete with wonderful watercolor images illustrati Title / Author / Publication Date: Gerdner, L., & Langford, S. (2008). Grandfather's Story Cloth. Walnut Creek, California Shen's Books Genre: Fiction Format: Hardcover Plot summary: Most of the books dealing with Alzheimer’s are written from the perspective of white youth and their families. This book, Grandfather’s Story Cloth, is important because it deals with Alzheimer’s from the perspective of the minority group Hmong from Laos. The book is replete with wonderful watercolor images illustrating Chersheng’s interactions with his grandfather and has text in both English and Laotian. The story also incorporates information about a form of textile art called story cloth that holds an important place in Lao and Hmong culture. The story follows Chersheng, who lives with his parents and his grandfather. Over time, his grandfather begins to confuse family members, insisting he doesn’t have a grandson. He buries silver in the backyard and tries to build fires to cook dinner, believing he is back in Laos. Chersheng doesn’t understand his grandfather’s life until his mother gives him his grandfather’s story cloth, stitched with memories of life in Laos. Seeing that the story cloth helps his grandfather remember his past, Chersheng begins to create a new story cloth out of paper and glue to help him remember his U.S. memories. Considerations or precautions for readers advisory: War, displaced populaces, and Alzheimer's disease. Review citation: Phelan, Carolyn. (2008). Grandfather’s Story Cloth. [Book Review}. Book List. 105(1), 104. Killeen, Erlene Bishop. (2008). Grandfather’s Story Cloth. [Book Review]. School Library Journal. 54(9), 146. Section source used to find the material: EBSCOhost: Children’s Core Collection (H.W. Wilson), Monroe County Public Library Recommended age: 10 and up

  4. 4 out of 5

    Carrera Pattee

    This bilingual picture book is presented in both Hmong and in English. It deals with a young boy and his grandfather who has Alzheimer’s. The book talks about how the disease is affecting the family, the grandfather and the young boy Chersheng. A Hmong story cloth is used to trigger long term memory in the grandfather. The young boy Chersheng, makes a new picture for his grandfather to look at the end to help with his American memories. This book is written by an American who has visited Laos an This bilingual picture book is presented in both Hmong and in English. It deals with a young boy and his grandfather who has Alzheimer’s. The book talks about how the disease is affecting the family, the grandfather and the young boy Chersheng. A Hmong story cloth is used to trigger long term memory in the grandfather. The young boy Chersheng, makes a new picture for his grandfather to look at the end to help with his American memories. This book is written by an American who has visited Laos and met with Hmong people. The two authors on this book are both well versed in the medical and social implications of Alzheimer’s. I worry if the authors possess enough knowledge to be writing from this lens of an American- Hmong family. This realistic fiction book does a great job of painting balanced characters that can be relatable to all cultures. Even the grandfather is developed as a character outside of his disease based on his experiences from his homeland. English and Hmong are printed next to each other on every page with the same font, size and color, however the page behind it is white for English on the left or cream colored for Hmong on the right side of the paper. Since we read left to right it places the English text at a forefront but I still prefer this over one text above the other as in other bilingual books. The back matter in this book explain more about Alzheimer’s disease and the tradition of Hmong story cloths. Both have great information that helps develop the text further. I wish there was a pronunciation guide for names and places at least. This would be something you would want to look up before reading aloud to a group. I was not able to find much on how or by whom the book was translated. I would have liked to see this and see if the translation was credible. However, I did do some additional research about this book and found an article the author wrote that talks more about the decisions she made for the book and how some Hmong people have reacted to it. In general, the response has been positive which is reassuring as I was nervous because this book was not written by a Hmong person. Here is the article link, I encourage you to read it over, as it will give more insight to the book as a whole and the though process for writing it. http://hmongstudies.org/Gerdner2008.pdf

  5. 4 out of 5

    Caroline

    I like the way the little boy makes his own story "cloth" from a collage, to continue his grandfather's story. However, the main theme of the book is more about Alzheimer's than the cloth. I like the way the little boy makes his own story "cloth" from a collage, to continue his grandfather's story. However, the main theme of the book is more about Alzheimer's than the cloth.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Nicki

    This is a great book to describe Alzheimer's to kids. Additionally, it covers a bit of the history of Hmong people. This is a great book to describe Alzheimer's to kids. Additionally, it covers a bit of the history of Hmong people.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Sandra Stiles

    Grandfather's Story Cloth was one that so many people can relate to no matter what their cultural background. Chersheng's grandfather has Alzheimer's disease. He doesn't always remember his family, the time period, or where he is. This is upsetting to Chersheng and his younger brother. When their mother brings out a story cloth that the grandfather had made, the grandfather was able to share stories of his life in Laos. Chersheng decides to create something that will help keep memories for his g Grandfather's Story Cloth was one that so many people can relate to no matter what their cultural background. Chersheng's grandfather has Alzheimer's disease. He doesn't always remember his family, the time period, or where he is. This is upsetting to Chersheng and his younger brother. When their mother brings out a story cloth that the grandfather had made, the grandfather was able to share stories of his life in Laos. Chersheng decides to create something that will help keep memories for his grandfather of his time in America. this brought back memories of my grandmother who had alzheimer's disease. It often tears families apart. I loved the added information in the back of the book about alzheimer's disease, the Homong people and story cloths. I thought that it was great that this was a bilingual book. This is a great asset to my shelves.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Margaret

    This book is about Chersheng and his grandfather who is becoming more and more forgetful. One day Chersheng’s mother explains that his grandfather has Alzheimer’s disease and tries to explain how confused his grandfather will become. She also shows Chersheng a story quilt that his grandfather had made when the family still lived in Laos. The quilt shows his life in Laos and the sacrifices the grandfather made for the family. The quilt is made in the Hmong tradition. The story is written in both E This book is about Chersheng and his grandfather who is becoming more and more forgetful. One day Chersheng’s mother explains that his grandfather has Alzheimer’s disease and tries to explain how confused his grandfather will become. She also shows Chersheng a story quilt that his grandfather had made when the family still lived in Laos. The quilt shows his life in Laos and the sacrifices the grandfather made for the family. The quilt is made in the Hmong tradition. The story is written in both English and Hmong. At the back of the book are explanations of both Alzheimer’s disease and the Hmong people and story quilts. This book is for grades K-3 and would be good for studying Southeast Asia and Laos and Alzheimer’s disease.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Megan

    Grandfather’s Story Cloth is a heartfelt, relatable story. Gerdner does an excellent job displaying Chersheng’s feelings, making the story feel real and personal. The note at the end that provides a brief history of the Hmong people as well as an explanation of Alzheimer’s is a good tool for familiarizing the reader on the topics. The watercolor illustrations reflect the delicacy of both the family history and the characters’ situation in dealing with Alzheimer’s.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Alfajirikali

    Interesting subject matter(Hmong, Vietnam War and Alzheimer's), but not well translated for children. Interesting subject matter(Hmong, Vietnam War and Alzheimer's), but not well translated for children.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Katie Logonauts

  12. 5 out of 5

    Mary

  13. 5 out of 5

    MaddieMoo

  14. 4 out of 5

    Shelby White

  15. 4 out of 5

    Nancy

  16. 5 out of 5

    GatheringBooks

  17. 5 out of 5

    Mckinley

  18. 5 out of 5

    Alexander Michael

  19. 5 out of 5

    Beth

  20. 4 out of 5

    Claire Vanseth

  21. 4 out of 5

    Meaghan

  22. 5 out of 5

    Sam Grace

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jana Herko

  24. 5 out of 5

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  25. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

  26. 5 out of 5

    Becky

  27. 4 out of 5

    Ruth Quiroa

  28. 4 out of 5

    CBC Diversity

  29. 5 out of 5

    Cynthia Cain

  30. 4 out of 5

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  31. 5 out of 5

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  32. 5 out of 5

    Christine Medunycia

  33. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

  34. 4 out of 5

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  35. 5 out of 5

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  36. 4 out of 5

    Christine

  37. 5 out of 5

    Ampika

  38. 4 out of 5

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  39. 4 out of 5

    Amy

  40. 5 out of 5

    Nancy Nieslawski

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