What a Beautiful Morning
By Arthur A. Levine
Illustrated by Katie Kath
Published by Running Press Kids
Hardcover Picture Book
Every morning is beautiful when Noah visits his Grandparents. When Grandpa and Noah wake up, they take off singing and hardly stop: walking the dog, splashing through puddles, and eating French toast with cinnamon.
But one summer Grandpa seems to have forgotten how to do the things they love. Does he even know who Noah is?
Grandma steps in energetically, filling in as best she can. But it is Noah who finds the way back to something he can share with Grandpa. Something musical. Something that makes the morning beautiful again.
This is a story about how love helps us find even what we think is lost.
The Event Kit Includes These Individual Activities:
Discuss this Book and Alzheimer’s disease with families
Print & Share Alzheimer’s Resource sheets for families
Print & Create simple art activity for children
Print & Sing book-themed lyrics to Row, Row, Row Your Boat
Print & Advertise an Alzheimer’s event for families
“Watching a relative change as a result of dementia or Alzheimer’s is difficult for anyone but especially for a child, and Levine gracefully captures such a childhood experience here…The message is beautifully and sensitively communicated in these gentle pages. A comforting, honest resource, ideal for little ones confronted with aging relatives.”
—Booklist, Starred Review
“Both lovely and deeply empathetic.” —Kirkus Reviews
“It’s a lovely, bittersweet story, and Levine carefully modulates a challenging emotional arc, offering readers just the right measure of hope.” —Publishers Weekly
“[a] perfect picture book story about how love helps us find even what we think is lost… very highly recommended for family, preschool, elementary school, and community library picture book collections for children ages 4 to 8.”
—Midwest Book Reviews