Grandma Bibi

Vicki Riske

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Grandma Bibi is a children’s book about shared memories and love. The book tackles the difficulties of memory loss in older loved ones from the perspective of children. Memory loss in older adults is a family issue. Grandma Bibi opens a dialogue for families to discuss what is happening to grandma or grandpa. This book is based on the author’s experience with her own Mother’s memory loss.

“What do I say when grandma doesn’t remember me?” asked Jackie. “If grandma does not remember me, why should I go and visit her?” These are all important questions that need to be addressed. The book asks questions and then provides an example of how Jackie might relate to her grandmother’s memory loss. Each one of us needs love and understanding no matter where our memory has gone. Grandma Bibi is an emotional journey for Jackie and the reader who has experienced this issue first hand.

Grandma Bibi has been recommended for children whose grandparents are experiencing memory loss, as well as adults whose parents are dealing with memory loss.

Author, Vicki Riske has been interested in storytelling and puppetry for many years. She created puppets for theatre productions at North Dakota State University (NDSU) in Fargo, ND. After graduation, Vicki produced a television show for Channel 4 in Fargo, “Owlwitness News with Olivia de Hoot and the Owlwitness News team.”

Over the years Vicki freelanced in several theaters painting scenery, making props, crafts, and costumes. She worked in theaters in Fargo; Detroit; Ann Arbor; Boston and Tempe.

Vicki was also involved in the commercial and film industry in Arizona working on numerous commercials, television productions and films; most famous being “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure.”

In the 90s she made a shift to Computer Graphics and worked for several years as an animator for Green Rabbit Design Studios. Following that she produced online instructional products for text books at Pearson.

In 2014, Vicki traveled to China as an Artist in Residence for two international schools in Shanghai. She enabled K-5 grade students to create puppets and produce puppet shows.

She now writes and illustrates children’s books. Her first book The Polka Dot Tea Party, published in 2019, is about finding shapes in nature and the importance of friendship. Vicki’s second book, Grandma Bibi, tackles the difficulties of memory loss in older loved ones from the perspective of children.

Illustrator, Laura Best is an artist living and working in Phoenix, Arizona. She recently received a Contemporary Forum Artist Grant and a Pollock-Krasner grant and has appeared on Arizona Horizon Art Beat. She has completed several public murals including a new, temporary art piece on the north side of Tempe Town Lake. “Rise,” is a unique public art piece showcasing decommissioned City of Tempe street signs that depict the sky transitioning from sunrise to sunset.

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