The Tide tenderly looks at living with dementia from the point of view of a young granddaughter. It’s brilliantly crafted to help little ones understand the illness without being frightened or worried. Within the narrative the little narrator’s mum answers her questions – with tenderness and understanding.
‘Mummy says Grandad’s memories are like the tide.
Sometimes near and close and full of life.
Other times, far away and distant.’
What I adore about The Tide most of all is that it celebrates Grandad – truly celebrates who he is. Through the pages Clare Helen Welsh depicts three generations of a family having fun, laughing, playing and caring for each other. I love that, truly love it.
Ashling Lindsay’s colour pallet is wonderfully calming – just take a look at that gorgeous cover. I love the energy and emotion she instills into each page – Grandad and our narrator playing joyfully in the sea is full of fun.
The Tide conveys a wonderfully clear description of dementia – put into language that can be understood by all. It celebrates families, and their love and support for one another.