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Nowhere Hair: Explains cancer and chemo to your kids (children) 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0984359103
ISBN-10: 0984359109
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Written in rhyme and accompanied by whimsical, colorful illustrations, the story unfolds about a little girl looking for her mother s hair. This picture book is written for children ages 3 to 8, but can be enjoyed and appreciated by all ages. It helps children understand chemotherapy and how cancer and hair loss are not their fault. It is a story about fear and sadness, being silly and wearing crazy hats, and loving those who look different. This is a must buy for consumer and family library collections. It is a positive tool to guide conversations with children, giving them hope, comfort, and a better understanding of cancer treatments. Nancy O'Brien, Iowa Health Des Moines, Des Moines IA --CAPHIS/Consumer Connection (Medical Library Association Periodical)
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Sue Glader's words put it all in the proper perspective. A wonderful tool for families. - Kelly Corrigan, New York Times bestselling author of The Middle Place and Lift --Kelly Corrigan
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From the Author

It's not fair, I know.   Oh, how I know.  But you've got children at home who are going to wonder what is going on with you.  And while you might be able to dodge the issue in the beginning, when your hair starts falling out, you have to face the music and dance with the kids.  They deserve it, and it will help relieve the stress of holding that information inside of you.  

I wrote Nowhere Hair to help.   I believe that it will.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Thousand Words Press; 1st edition (September 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984359109
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984359103
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 0.3 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #256,489 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

An award-winning marketing and advertising copywriter, Sue never thought she'd publish a book about this subject matter. But then, that's life for you.

Nowhere Hair is Sue's personal response to help young children (and women) through a cancer diagnosis, having walked in those shoes in 1999 at age 33. She was the "bald mama" around town. With Nowhere Hair, she wants to help women realize that being bald is a time to be brave, bold, and beautiful.

Sue lives in Marin County, California, with her husband and son and rescue dog Roxy.

Learn more about Sue and the making of the book at Or grab a sneak peak inside the book trailer

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Sleslie13 on January 19, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This is hands down the BEST book currently available when it comes to talking to kids about cancer. I work with women of all ages with cancer and one of their big struggles is how to talk to their children or grandchildren about what they are going through. Most books out there that I have seen are either too technical, too scary, or too religious. Sue Glader has found the perfect tone - written in the voice of a child, she is not afraid to talk about sensitive topics (mood swings, health, hair loss, fear). She succeeds in doing it in a way that inspires hope, encourages tolerance, and leaves readers with a solid sense that she really understands what they are going through. I can't say enough about the book - I give it to all my patients who need it and every single one of them has told me how it has helped their family. Cancer is scary enough - this is one way to make it just a little less frightening to children and parents alike. Give it as a gift to a friend or a family member, give it as a gift to a local cancer center - give it as a gift to yourself and your family.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Adam D. on January 9, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Getting a cancer diagnosis is a shell shocker, sure enough.

Then, having to explain it to your children is like adding salt to a deep, deep wound.

Words are hard to find.

In walks Sue Glader. Mother. Blogger. Stanford alum. Cancer survivor. (Just don't call her that, she's so much more.) With all her wit, bravery, honesty and realness. You will welcome Sue into your life, during this dark moment, and you'll want to push the cushions off the Eames sofa and have her stay for a long while.

Sue has carefully created the masterpiece you never want to have to buy but when you or someone you knows needs it, you will find heartfelt genius --- reassuring the children (you can't catch cancer, you didn't cause it) and --- AT THE SAME TIME --- the reader (most likely a parent who is in deep despair) with honesty, understanding all tossed up with a dose of irreverent sass. All through a little poetry. Simply brilliant. It's an honest book. A very cool book. A book, amidst the swirl of scary/creepy options out there (believe me, NO ONE wants to write about CANCER), it is a revelation; a true gift.

The illustrations (by a hugely talented fashion designer from the Netherlands) are smart, charming and brilliantly colorful. This is a book for any mother, father, sister, brother, aunt, uncle, grandparent, teacher, nurse, doctor, caregiver, neighbor or friend who needs to explain cancer to a child. Think of Nowhere Hair as a great big hug from two very cool women.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By adayriddle on September 22, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Cancer changes everything in a family's life. Often children have so many unanswered questions so quietly they struggle with secret doubts and worries. This book is by far the sweetest book on this subject written by a woman that has gone through this valley. Her thoughtful poetic style presents the truth that cancer is no ones fault, it does not change the love between the parent and child, it does not change the inside of a person. This book shows that truly it is that inward beauty that counts the most and makes the biggest difference. The deep love between the characters reassures small children that even this thing can be faced with security and love. I applaud this author for taking the time to write this children's book. I think it should be one that is recommended at support groups and in doctor's offices that treat cancer patients. It should be on stand-by at cancer treatment facilities to help children understand just what is going on - to help quiet their fears and set their little hearts at ease.

Thank you Sue Glader for this work of your heart! I received this review copy directly from the author free of charge in exchange for an unbiased review of the work.
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Format: Hardcover
When I was young and someone that I knew well was ill, the scariest part to me was the change in their appearance. To me the vibrant person that I knew had had some of their insides sucked out. As a child, I had no real concept of death and illness to me was generally feeling bad for a few days. The change in appearance as a consequence of illness and the treatment for it from the perspective of a child is the focus of the book.
An unnamed young girl looks at her mother that is now bald due to cancer treatments and wonders where the hair went. She looks everywhere for it yet does not understand where it has gone. After asking she learns that it is the consequence of the treatment her mother is receiving for cancer. This leads to a pattern of reassurance where the child learns that it is nothing she did and that the lack of hair did not change what her mother really is.
Written largely in a rhyming style that children seem to naturally enjoy, this book is an excellent tool to reassure the child that is scared as they watch the body of another undergo the changes typical of cancer treatment.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Dove on January 14, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This book is a wonderfully insightful and heartwarming way to gently start the conversation about cancer with your child.

My twin sister was recently diagnosed with uterine cancer. She has a two year old daughter and is very close to my five year old son. She will begin aggressive chemo soon and will lose her hair. I wanted to find a book that could help prepare the children for what was happening.

"Nowhere Hair" helped me open up the topic of cancer with my son, who has been very sensitive to his aunt's illness. He then, in his five year old wisdom, "explained" it to his cousin as he read the book to her. And although she's only two and doesn't understand what's happening she has looked at the picture of the lady with no hair and talks about Mama with no hair and wearing hats (she especially likes the picture of the long wig). After reading the book several times and talking with my son he has become much more open about his feeling and fears.

As an avid, almost obsessive, reader I love books of all kinds and have always found comfort in their insights and wisdom. I know the children, as well as my sister and I, have found comfort in this book. Not only is it beautifully written but the illustrations are fun, colorful, and lively.

There is so much darkness when cancer enters your life..."Nowhere Hair" is a welcome bright spot in the journey.
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