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You Are the Best Medicine Hardcover – September 7, 2010
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I purchased 3 books from amazon.com on the same subject, and this was my favorite -- and more importantly, her favorite. She actually asks to read "the books about mommy's cancer."
It is important to note that the book does give the idea throughout that the mother will be OK at the end of the chemo treatments and life will go back to normal. My prognosis is very good, so I was comfortable with this message, but if your prognosis is not as positive this book may not be for you.
It was incredibly helpful for him, also for both of us parents to read/bond with him. The book covers things like fatigue, baldness, etc but in a positive light - "when my hair is gone I will remember when you were a bald little baby." It's VERY sweet and hopeful, and set a tone of "we will get through this, no need to fear."
We also offered for him to take the book to school to read with his teacher. It gives others an "in" to listen for what he needs to be saying.
The author chronicles her experience as she explains to her daughter that she has cancer. Watching a parent go through cancer treatment is not something any child should have to endure. The author does an outstanding job showing how her daughter helps nurture her while undergoing cancer treatment.
I love the soft and sweet tone of the book. The author manages to show how both mother and child need comforting in this difficult time. The title of the book speaks volume, as it is a great reminder that love and kindness is by far a very powerful and most important medicine. I love the positive tone of the story too. The author shows that one should never give up on hope, even in a potentially life-ending situation like cancer. This is my favorite part of the book:
"And then I will be well. And I will think of all the happiest times that we have had, like birthday parties and swimming and hide-and-go seek, and I will think of all the happy times we are going to have together tomorrow, and the day after that, and the day after that."
This book will make a great gift for family or friends who have been diagnosed with cancer. The soft illustrations bring the delicate story to life. The author gives a portion of the proceeds to UCLA's Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center. The center is well known for its pioneering role in developing life-saving cancer treatments.
Article first published as Book Review: You Are the Best Medicine by Julie Aigner Clark on Blogcritics.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Cancer is an ugly disease it hard for familys to go thtough. This book help talk to children in a way they can understand a little easierPublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Very cute book for anyone struggling with cancer. Gives the child a way they can help/Published 11 months ago by Lisa
Helped my 2 year old and 6 year old understand what was happening to their mommy. I recommend this to any woman who has young kids and fighting the fight.Published 14 months ago by Coopdizzle