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Mom and the Polka-Dot Boo-Boo Hardcover – July 1, 2007


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 - 5 years
  • Hardcover: 24 pages
  • Publisher: American Cancer Society; 1 edition (July 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0944235875
  • ISBN-13: 978-0944235874
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 8.3 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #236,250 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Eileen Sutherland and Maggie Sutherland are a mother-daughter author-illustrator team. They live in New Castle, New Hampshire.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By P. Mullen on March 13, 2009
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I bought this book for my grandchildren when I was diagnosed with breast cancer. It helped them to deal with many difficult situations in a very gentle way. I highly recommend this to anyone who has a loved one with breast cancer and you want to explain it to children in a way that won't scare or scar them.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. Bauer on October 8, 2012
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I searched for a book to help my children (ages 4 and 2) understand that mommy has breast cancer, but so many talk about being scared. My kids are too young to realize that mommy having cancer is scary. This is their first experience with cancer, and I'm not about to read to them that they should be scared. This is the BEST book. It does not use the word "scared" or even reference anything in that aspect. Note: it does reference chemotherapy and losing your hair, but that was perfect for me because I need both chemo and radiation. HIGHLY recommend if you have a young child!
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By DClark12 on March 2, 2014
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I was recently diagnosed with breast cancer, and my daughter is 2.5 years old. I bought this book to help her understand what was happening. I also bought several others including Mommy Had a Mastectomy and You Are the Best Medicine. This book is the best of the 3 for a small child. I ended up returning the other two. It helped explain that Mommy is sick with "boo-boos" and will need special medicine to get better without going into things that a 2 year probably never thought about, like being scared about Mommy dying or worrying about catching cancer.

That being said, it does not talk about surgery or staying in the hospital, which is something I think most breast cancer patients will have to deal with during the course of their treatment. It really focuses instead on chemotherapy side effects like hair loss and fatigue, and also depression/sadness. It would have been helpful if it had talked a little about surgery.

Also, the prognosis of the mom in the book is positive. It talks about when the cancer is gone and saying goodbye to the breast boo-boo. As a stage IV patient, my prognosis is poor and I struggle with reading the end because I know it probably won't apply to our situation. That said, my daughter is only 2.5, and I don't know that she would be ready to hear anything different at this point, and the ending is gentle and positive without being over-the-top-promising-Mommy-will-be-100%-better.

Overall an excellent book for the very young child. We've had it for two months now, and my daughter still asks to read it all the time.
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Although this book was written by a girl in a way girls think my 3 yr old boy really understood the story and how it applies to Mommy. The story lightly addresses every aspect of cancer and each time my boy asked a health related question we could use the terms from this book to answer, from feeling tired to losing your hair from Chemo. Highly recommended for toddlers.
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By Ethel M on August 13, 2013
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Bought this for my granddaughter (4 yrs) to help her understand why I (nana) would not be babysitting for awhile! Message clear and easy to understand.
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