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Testimonials

Babies need books too.

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Baby Ruby is enjoying the pictures … just checking on the title.

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…and following the story.

      

Great Dawn, well done can’t wait for the others. Shall be reading it to my twin grandsons when they a bit older. I love the illustrations as well.

I had an uncle with Parkinson’s when I was little, he was one of the first people to go to Scotland and have brain surgery, I found it quite frightening to be with him, I couldn’t understand his speech and if we went out he would walk faster and faster and not be able to stop.

Only wish your books had been around then for me.

Brilliant, brilliant brilliant.”
Jane Jackson – Teaching Assistant

Mary and Madeleine“Both my daughter, Madeleine (aged 5), and I love this book by Dawn May. The writing is both eloquent and perfectly pitched to open up what could have been a difficult conversation about Madeleine’s grandma’s Parkinson’s. The illustrations are beautiful with lots of details for us to pick out.

We see a lot of my mum and Madeleine is aware that Grandma can’t do all the things she’d love to with Madeleine but up until now she didn’t really understand why. The book allowed us to talk about ‘good’ and ‘bad’ days and the fact that, despite Grandma having Parkinson’s, it is a hindrance rather than a barrier to everything; she is still Madeleine’s grandma and she still has a lot of love, laughter, and life, to share with Madeleine.”

Mary Williamson, daughter of person with Parkinson’s

“I really like the simplicity of your book.  I think it’s amazing you have done this in such a short time”

Elaine G, person with Parkinson’s

“It arrived this morning. Really good, hardly a dry eye in the house. Reminded me of the best picture books I read to the boys when they were little”

Roger S, Bristol

“This book is simply excellent”
David Cottrell – consultant neurologist

“I loved your little book reviewed in December’s Branch Lines.”
Paul Williams – Editor – Parkinson’s Branch Lines magazines

“Phil has done a brilliant job with capturing the mood of your stories” – “Does it hurt, Granny”
Caroline Morris – Education Officer – South West region

A very satisfied customer

“I found your books absolutely delightful, with such a light touch.  The illustrations are wonderful and tell the story so well.  I very much like the way you have gradually approached some of the more obvious effects of Parkinson’s over the five books. The messages are delivered clearly but gently and important points (eg “it doesn’t hurt”, “today is just a bad day”, “you cheer me up”, “let’s talk about it” etc.) are very effectively emphasised with simple repetition.

To be able to share  activities with one’s grandchildren is a joy and I love the excitement and happiness that emanates from the pages when you are together with your grandson.  Whether you are having an energetic and good day or a gentler time on a bad one, this happiness is tangible and the drawings demonstrate very clearly the love between you.

Difficult days are not shied away from and, consequently, are accepted when they do occur.  As grandson and grandmother are regularly doing things together, grandson feels included and useful, even when Granny is having a bad day and can’t do very much.

Your book covers so much in a relaxed way, leading to increased understanding at the child’s pace – a useful resource for both parents and their children and grandchildren.   To my mind, your positive, cheerful approach to open discussion is absolutely the right way forward.

The last 2 pages are wonderfully positive and warm.  Both Granny and Grandson look relaxed and happy and their hug says it all – “yes, we will talk about it” and “no, we won’t let it get in our way”.

Very happy New Year and best wishes Su”

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