By Steve Heron
Illustrations by Marika Monesi
Milli loves visiting her great-grandma Ninny at her new home where other grandies live. Together they are knitting a coat for Milli’s little dog Poochie. But lately, Ninny isn’t well. She often forgets things and stares at the walls. Milli learned from her dad that Ninny is living with dementia. Milli’s heart is broken into a thousand pieces when great-grandma can’t remember Milli herself. But one day, while Milli is knitting, she has a pleasant surprise when Ninny notices she drops a stitch!
Dropping a Stitch is a delicate story for children trying to understand their relationship with a loved one living with Dementia. Children may learn what Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease are and what they can do if a loved one is living with dementia.
Review: “Dropping a Stitch is a gentle, poignant tale tackling the big emotions around dementia. It reminds us that no matter what is forgotten, love never forgets. Through love we can still connect.” Lorraine Horsley, author of When You Left
When he’s not hanging out with the local magpie population in simply beautiful Bridgetown Western Australia, Steve uses his forty years of experience working with children in social/emotional wellbeing to cultivate and underpin his writing.
Marika is an Italian artist born in 1992. She has always had a strong passion for drawing and photography and this led her to choose graphics and photography in high school. In addition to her main job, she works as a cosplay photographer.