This slim workbook is designed to open a dialogue between grandparent and grandchild about what life was like when the grandparent was growing up. Many of these memory books have been published in recent years, but this one seeks to hone in on those experiences that are typical in a modern Jewish home. Because this book follows a fill-inthe-blank format, it does not easily lend itself to library use, but it asks some interesting questions such as “During times of personal difficulty, I turn to___________” and “Things that we had then that we don’t have now ___________”. Such open-ended questions will spark good conversations and help adults pass along their memories, wisdom, and observations about the world. Children will have a better understanding of their immediate past and their personal history. A family tree is included in the middle of the book. Quotes from Jewish sources in English and Hebrew or Yiddish pepper the pages and give additional fuel for discussion.
There are a very few pages for photographs and recipes, but, in the tradition of “the living will,” the book ends with a section for grandparents to write the thoughts they would like to leave for their grandchildren. They are asked to write what they want their grandchildren to remember most about them and what words of advice they want to share as well as the hopes and dreams they have for future generations. This book takes a lot of work. The authors admonish the reader that this should not be filled out in one sitting and might be best done as a family exercise, sparking discussion about old memories and fostering new ones. Adult, recommended for home libraries.