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Wordsworth Dances the Waltz

By Frances H. Kakugawa
Illustrated by Melissa DeSica
2007, 32 pages, Hardback.

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Wordsworth the Poet is worried about Grandma. She's losing her memory and other things too. What can Wordsworth do to help?

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“Now that she’s losing her memory, She’s still my Grandma, isn’t she?”

In Wordsworth Dances the Waltz, children are introduced to the concept that as grandparents age, they may become different, and even forget important things. But that doesn’t mean they aren’t still a part of the family nor do they love us any less than they did before. As the story progresses, Wordsworth finds comfort in writing poems that express his confusion over the changes in his beloved grandparent and the fond memories he has of her more vibrant days. His poems also help his family understand that Grandma would still like to do things she always loved—spending time with the family, laughing and dancing. Wordsworth Dances the Waltz is the second book featuring the literary mouse. The Northern California Publishers & Authors group named it the 2007 "Best Illustrated Children's Book" and also gave it their Bronze Award for "Best Book Overall."

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Background on Frances Kakugawa

Frances Kakugawa was born and raised in the lava devastated town of Kapoho, on the Big Island of Hawaii. It was there that she gained her initial inspiration to become a teacher, writer, and poet.

Frances Kakugawa was a teacher for many years in the Michigan and Hawaii public school systems. She conducted language arts workshops for teachers in Micronesia and in Hawaii, and was also a curriculum writer and lecturer for the University of Hawaii. In 2002, she was recognized in the book, "Living Legacy: Outstanding Women of the 20th Century in Hawaii."

Today, she continues to write, conducts writing support groups for caregivers, gives writing workshops for adults and children, and lectures on caregiving and writing throughout the United States.

Some of her most recent books include - Mosaic Moon: Caregiving through Poetry, Teacher, You Look Like a Horse: Lessons from the Classroom, and the storybooks Wordsworth the Poet, and Wordsworth Dances the Waltz.

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