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K-Gr 3–This book delivers a soothing, lullabylike message from a mother with cancer to her young daughter. Reassuring and tactful, it affirms that love and kindness are the best medicine for anyone who is ill. While Clark addresses scary situations like chemotherapy and hair loss, she does so in a gentle, understanding way. Each of these difficult topics is bridged with memories that the mother has of her daughter as a baby. She explains how her child's first smile, her sweet baby hair, and times she had a cold will help her through her own hardships and fear. A happy ending is included; the mother recovers and rejoices in all the time that she and her daughter will have together in the future. Soft pastel illustrations are as beautiful and gentle as the text, and very child oriented. An important and heartfelt addition for most collections.–Jasmine L. Precopio, Fox Chapel Area School District, Pittsburgh, PAα(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Here’s a much-needed book, and one that’s done with lots of love. A mother narrates: “When I tell you I have cancer, I will be sad.” For each moment of hardship, this mother finds a happier time in the life of her and her daughter with which to equate it. When she feels scared, it will remind her of how she could make her frightened child feel safe after a nightmare, and that will calm her. When her hair falls out, she will remember her child’s head as a baby and hope that her hair grows back as beautifully. When she feels sick, she’ll think of the times she took care of her little girl and know just hearing her child’s stories will do the same for her. Then comes hope: “And then I will be well. And I will think of all the happiest times that we have had and the happy times we are going to have.” Soft-edge illustrations, tender in feel and comforting in color, add sweetness to Baby Einstein founder Clark’s story. Sadly, there will be much use for this, but anyone needing to talk to a child about cancer will find the right words here. Grades K-3. --Ilene CooperSee all Editorial Reviews
Very cute book for anyone struggling with cancer. Gives the child a way they can help/Published 3 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 6 months ago by Coopdizzle
I have lymphoma and my son is five years old. It features a mom and young daughter. Pleasant illustrations. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Elizabeth St. George
This is a wonderful book that empowers the child whose parent has cancer. Children
need to find a way to help their parent, and this book states that just their 'being' is... Read more
Bought this for my girlfriend whos mom who recently was told she had cancer.. I made them read it together.. They cried, but in the end both really loved this!Published on June 22, 2013 by Dissolved