’This is a lovely little book that will bring a smile to your face or maybe think back to a sad moment or two.’
Title: Tiny Caring Gestures
Author: Jan Millward
Publisher: Mirador Publishing
Reviewer: Lynne Partington
What was it like?
This little book contains a range of different poems written by Jan Millward, an activities co-ordinator who works in a care home in Dorset. Based on her own memories and experiences, there is something for everyone. I loved the poem called ”Television Treats” – reflecting back on the times of Andy Pandy, Spotty Dog, Crackerjack and wondering who remembers John and Valerie from Blue Peter?
What were the highlights?
While I was reading this book, two colleagues also had a look through. One smiled with familiarity at the first lines of ”Rugby” - “There’s tension in our household, England are playing Wales”. Another colleague found a poem about the impact of dementia moving.
Strengths & Weaknesses?
One specific use for this book could be within reminiscence work, as it combines the advantages of memory work with the rhythm and rhyme of poetry. This is an approach that has been found to not only have benefits for people with dementia, but also for the carers who are reading out the poetry.
Who should read it?
All in all, this is a lovely little book that will bring a smile to your face or maybe think back to a sad moment or two. It is likely to have a broad appeal to a wide audience who enjoy poetry and prose.