Mary J. Nickum is a retired librarian, who is now an editor and freelance writer. Her primary focus is on science for the public. She has chosen to extend her science for the public outreach to children.
Mary earned a B.A. degree in English education at Northland College, Ashland, Wisconsin, a Masters in Librarianship at the University of Washington, Seattle, Washington and a Masters in Interdisciplinary Studies from Oregon State University. She worked as a science librarian at US Environmental Protection Agency, National Water Quality Laboratory in Duluth, MN, as Oceanography/Zoology librarian at Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR and as Project Manager of the Fish and Wildlife Reference Service in Rockville, MD.
She is a former editor of The Progressive Fish-Culturist, Editor-in-Chief of the Intermountain Journal of Science, and currently edits the World Aquaculture magazine.
Mary's articles are published in: Hatchery International, Aquaculture Magazine, Northern Aquaculture and Fish Farming News.
She is currently working on three nonfiction books for children.
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This book was way too short. If it is written to a child crowd it should have been a little longer, kids can read! It's not a picture book for little ones so 8 and up could have had a few chapters. It just seemed like a dud. As a mother diagnosed with MS my 4, 8, and 12 year old like my adult information books and stories of survival better tham this one.
Author: Mary Jo Nickum Publisher: Chalet Publishers, LLC ISBN: 978-098408365-7
Mom's Story Reviewed by Karen Coiffi-Ventrice
Mom's Story is a quick and easy read. It is a story about a nine-year-old child who learns that her mother has Multiple Sclerosis (MS). The book delves into the processes involved from the first symptoms to a diagnosis, all while depicting the main character's emotions and reactions as well as those of her siblings. The family goes from the initial fear that is common when a loved one is diagnosed with MS, to learning about the illness. Knowledge about MS helps a great deal to alleviate those initial fears.
While the child is learning about MS, Nickum cleverly weaves tidbits of information on how online help can be found for those interested in learning about MS. In addition to this, at the end of the book the author included a section titled Information Resources for Families. These pages contain sources of additional information in the form of websites, books, videos, and DVDs that help aid in the understanding of MS.
The education doesn't end there though, there are a number of other features in Mom's Story that help with a child's understanding of MS. With simplicity, Nickum incorporates the pronunciation of technical words associated with MS into the story. Words such as optic neuritis (op-tik nur-I'-tis), and demyelination (dee-mi-lin-A'-shun) are written again in parenthesis breaking the word down for easy pronunciation. This is a wonderful tool for children and adults as some of the words are difficult to pronounce. The author also included a glossary. Words such as Central Nervous System (CNS), MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging), and Myelin are explained in a manner that children will be able to comprehend.Read more ›
Mom's Story is written from a child's point of view. It shows the emotions a child might feel when learning about, accepting and dealing with their parent's diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis. The information in the glossary and reference section in the back of the book are valuable for further study on MS.