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Product Details

  • Paperback: 28 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (August 17, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1466208333
  • ISBN-13: 978-1466208339
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 8 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,120,518 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Hillary St.Pierre-Ford is a Registered Nurse, Hodgkin’s Lymphoma patient, political advocate, writer, wife, and most importantly, mother to the real life “Z”— Xander. She received her BSN in Nursing from The College of New Rochelle only to be diagnosed with lymphoma in 2006 at the age of 23. “Z and the Cancer Meanie” was written during her first bone marrow transplant to help explain cancer to her son. Hillary has chronicled her battle with cancer and health care on her blog: baldiesblog.blogspot.com, which was listed by The American Cancer Society among The Top Ten for patient written cancer resources, and is a contributing writer to “The Huffington Post.” She has advocated with The American Cancer Society, Citizens Health Alliance, and Working Families Win for improvements in healthcare and has contributed politically as a stakeholder for NH Department of Health’s Health Information Exchange working towards creating an electronic medical record system. She continues to battle lymphoma. Alexander “Xander” Ford was 2 when his mother was diagnosed with lymphoma. Trying to understand, he asked a lot of questions and made comments appearing in Z and the Cancer Meanie. Xander is now 8 years old. He still enjoys making up stories when he isn’t playing soccer, basketball, and baseball. He enjoys traveling and doing math. Chris LoParco is an illustrator, writer, cartoonist, and all around designer. His favorite roles, though, are being a husband and father. He graduated from School of Visual Arts with his BFA in Illustration and Cartooning, and is currently working as a footwear designer in Manhattan, NY.

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I actually cried reading this story.
Heather Badgwell
When a family member is battling cancer, this book will help children understand - it's not their fault.
CrazyMom1874
I really enjoyed this children's book.
The Cover (And Everything in Between)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By CrazyMom1874 on February 16, 2012
This is an excellent book for young kids with questions about cancer. When a family member is battling cancer, this book will help children understand - it's not their fault. I cherish my autographed copy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Heather Badgwell on February 7, 2012
This is a children's book, written by and for Xander. These are a lot of questions that he had himself, when he found out mom had cancer. It tells you that its okay to be mad, scared, sad..but that you did nothing wrong. Its not your fault. I actually cried reading this story. Its heartfelt. Its loving. Its moving. Hillary passed from this world on Feb. 6, 2012 after losing her battle with the "cancer meanie". I hope Xander knows how much he is loved. Not only by his family and friends, but by those of us who have read this story, supported this book, and those of us who have had to deal with this meanie, as well. I normally do 5 star ratings...but I feel the need to one up this "meanie"...so today's rating is...10 stars out of 5. Why? Because I can, and because this meanie took someone so special from this world.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Cover (And Everything in Between) on March 28, 2012
When I first heard about this book back in January, I was heartbroken to know that the author was struggling herself. Unfortunately she lost her battle with cancer, so now this book is her legacy. Please support her cause by purchasing this book :)
I really enjoyed this children's book. What a great way to introduce your younger children to cancer! I loved all of the suggestions for what to do when you can't spend time with a loved one and thought that the resources at the end of the book were great! I would recommend this book to anyone who has (or had) a family member with cancer. It's a great reminder of how the little things really do count :)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Loraine Ritchey on February 15, 2012
This book is from the heart , it can help a child deal with what no child should ever have to deal with. It is a "love" story from a mother to her child and to every mothers child
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By NewShopper on September 13, 2012
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I bought this book among several, for my boys. I was diagnosed with breast cancer at the end of June 2012, and started chemo in July. I wanted to be clear but not too detailed for my 6yo and 9yo boys. This book intends to help, and it sort of does. But the writing itself is not that good. It starts out rhyming, then stops, then picks up again. But the rhymes aren't very good to begin with. Then different characters are randomly introduced. I think if you were part of the family as they made up the story, it would flow better. And the drawings of the mother lion are weird, with perky little breasts.
My 6yo loves lions, and that's why I bought the book. He's marginally interested in it, but I kept it because I'm just too tired to deal with sending it back. The other books I'd recommend instead are:
The Year My Mother Was Bald (a longer read, but good to put things in perspective)
Mom Has Cancer (Let's talk about it)
When your Mom Has Cancer: Helping Children Cope at Home and Beyond -definitely a top pick for me!
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