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What About Me?: Well Children With Sick Siblings Paperback – April 8, 2010


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 26 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (April 8, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451547927
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451547924
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.1 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,451,094 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

I am currently working hard to become an author, my 4th career. I owned and operated a computer networking company for 25 years. I was a school teacher and counselor with 10 years of experience in the public schools. I owned and operated a convenience store for 10 years. I am a proud husband, father and grandfather. I am someone who cares about the people around me, who wants to improve the society we all live in, who hopes on a daily basis to leave the planet a little better than it was the previous day and who is cognizant that the impact I have on the world is minimal. Tilting at windmills is a part of my character as is a deep love for all those who need to be loved. In my own mind I am a complex, multi-layered, unique character in the kaleidoscoping drama of life.

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A Quixote personality, with abundant passion for family, kids, books and life.


I often wonder who am I. Am I a retired computer guy with 30 years of experience in microcomputers, a retired school teacher and counselor with 10 years of experience in the schools, an innovative baloney slicer who had the first video vending machine in Pennsylvania? Am I a father or grandfather? The role you chose to play is the one you are at the time of the show. Some roles overlap and are played simultaneously. Some roles are never to be repeated. I am someone who cares about the people around me, who wants to improve the society we all live in, who hopes on a daily basis to leave the planet a little better than it was the previous day and who is cognizant that the impact I have on the world is minimal. Tilting at windmills is a part of my character as is a deep love for all those who need to be loved. In my own mind I am a complex, multi-layered, unique character in the kaleidoscoping drama of life.

Sometimes I write merely to keep my head from exploding with ideas. I've always had a need for self expression which runs the gamut through performance, many types of media expression and word. I greet and end each day with the hope that I might make some small change that will improve life for someone. Some of what I write is to entertain, hopefully with some redeeming aspect being illustrated. My naivete and cynicism clash with great frequency. 25 years of working with technology challenged my intellect but did little for my soul. I write to nourish that part of me that needs to feel like I am positively impacting life.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Barbara J. Smith on April 26, 2010
Format: Paperback
William G. Bentrim's latest book "What About Me?" really hits the mark in dealing with a child's mixed emotions when a sibling is ill or hurt. Most children have experienced the feeling of being left out but it's doubly hard when they're left out by their own family. This can happen when there's illness within a family and it's very upsetting and confusing for the child. Often beyond the child's control, jealousy and anger may result, causing more problems for the family unit already under stress.
"What About Me?" deals with this situation beautifully. As parents we're so involved with the child who is ill or has been hurt that we tend to spend less time with the well child. We try to explain what's happening but we're already stressed so don't have the time our healthy child needs. And, of course, we assume the child understands since his or her brother or sister is ill. It's difficult for the parents to juggle the different types of needs of both the ill and well child.
The well child loves his or her sibling but feels alone and possibly some guilt about the ill sister or brother. Besides the "neglect" the child is feeling the phone calls, cards, gifts and attention keep pouring in - for sister or brother. It can be a lonely and sad time for any child. This book helps children understand that parents still love their child even if they don't have the time to show it the way they normally do.
The story is enjoyable for children to read but it also teaches a good lesson - for both child and parent. The illustrations beautifully show the emotions that Bradley is going through as he deals with his feelings over Bonnie's broken leg. This adorable book is good for any child as he or she will most likely experience this at some time during childhood. I highly recommend William G. Bentrim's "What About Me?"
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Gregory Smith on April 20, 2010
Format: Paperback
Bill Bentrim continues his trend of finding unfilled or little addressed niches. With his latest, "What About Me?" he addresses overlooked siblings who inadvertently fall under shadows cast by sick or injured siblings.

The book is straightforward in its presentation but will make a welcome tool to parents who may have been more caught up in a crisis than they realize. Also, children suffering from unintended neglect will appreciate the simple acknowledgement of their less severe but no less important pain.

Greg Smith
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Butland on April 19, 2010
Format: Paperback
What About Me addresses the "well" child conflict in a "sick" child home very nicely. It's basic scenarios, clear and concise discussion of feelings and understanding parent makes you feel like you're the one being hugged.

Bentrim includes helpful tips after the story for parents who are dealing with this situation. He has touched on a very common subject and has done so wonderfully.

Thank you,

Sarah Butland
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By annie frame on April 15, 2011
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What a wonderful story! William G. Bentrim connects with the young reader from beginning to end. He effortlessly presents a situation that most children will relate to at sometime or other, and takes them by the hand leading them gently through complex feelings. Emotions of jealousy, anger and resentment are all addressed with ease and perfectly entwined in the story line. Some authors have a gift in connecting with young minds and William G. Bentrim is one of them. I will be recommending 'What about me' without a shadow of a doubt.
Annie Frame
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