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Nowhere Hair: Explains cancer and chemo to your kids (children) Hardcover

ISBN-13: 978-0984359103 ISBN-10: 0984359109 Edition: 1st

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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: 9.1 x 8 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #258,281 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


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)
--Midwest Book Review

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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
--Kelly Corrigan

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.

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.

Learn more about Sue and the making of the book at
Subscribe to her blog, Poking Around Life, at
Join the Beautifully Bald Initiative on Facebook, at

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

Customer Reviews

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Beautiful illustrations and funny, insightful text.
mom of three
Sue Glader has found the perfect tone to help children and the adults in their lives talk about cancer.
I wanted to find a book that could help prepare the children for what was happening.
Jennifer Dove

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11 of 12 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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9 of 10 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Children's Book Reviewer on December 27, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This story begins with a child who wonders where her mother's hair has gone. She looks in her purse, in the cookie jar, even under her mother's bed, but no hair. Then she thinks that her mother may have lent her hair to a matador, or a bird borrowed it for it's nest. Though the girl realizes that her mother is not as active as she once was, her mother's love for her never changes.

Their are many new things about her mother. One of the things she notices is the various hats and wigs her mother has to fit every mood. They help her attitude.

What gives this 32 page story life is the truth that just because we see someone with a bald head, or someone that looks different than ourselves, we should treat them for what they are on the inside and not what we see on the outside. A mother with cancer is no different than a mother without cancer to a child. A mother's love always stays the same, for though appearance may change, love is something that never will. This is a story highly reccomended to aid the discussion of talking to a child about cancer.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sue Morris on December 11, 2011
Format: Hardcover
"Having hunted for her mother's hair, a young girl learns the truth about cancer while experiencing life (with hats, scarves, baldness, and love), during chemotherapy."

Nowhere Hair is a wonderful way to begin a talk centered on cancer. The author uses comforting tones that will sooth young and old alike. No one wants to mix children in with cancer, yet life has a way of doing as it pleases. When it does strike, children need a way to understand all that is happening around them. They need to know they are not to blame, did not cause, nor will they be punished because of the illness their loved one is now suffering.

Nowhere Hair can be the starter to a great conversation. Children can learn to empathize with mom or grandma, or maybe an aunt dealing with the effects of chemotherapy. The image of a bald woman alludes to illness and this book helps take the scary out of the way mom looks, offering up alternatives to her once coiffed head. In the end, it is not the hair that matters, but the love.

Nowhere Hair uses humor in just the right places to keep this serious subject light for children. The illustrations capture the essence of the story with its light, curvy, watercolor strokes. Children live in a very small world. When something like cancer strikes, small ones need to know what is happening around them and how this will affect them. Nowhere Hair is the perfect story for the situation.

I really like the story for its insights to a child's way of thinking. "It wasn't something that I did. Or said. Or even thought. Dad promised me (he crossed his heart) it's not because we fought." The author is very much in touch with a child's point of view. For anyone who has been in this situation the daughter's words can be heart breaking.
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