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What Is Cancer Anyway?: Explaining Cancer to Children of All Ages Paperback – January 1, 1998


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  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Dragonfly Pub (January 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0966782046
  • ISBN-13: 978-0966782042
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 8.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,033,511 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 12, 2003
Format: Paperback
How do you go about explaining something to your children that you have difficulty understanding yourself? Well Barklay and Eve make the process easier. This wonderful book describes the most complicated procedures in simple terms without talking down to children. I found the illustrations and story content charming and informative. Children will find the common hair loss of cancer a much less frightening process when they see the fun that Eve has with a wig. While dealing with cancer can't be made easier, Barklay and Eve can make explaining it easier.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Karen Sue on November 14, 2007
Format: Paperback
My daughter has leukemia, a blood cancer. I was in search of books that would explain the disease process and a way for her to talk about some of what was going on. I thought this would be a good book. I was wrong!

Pros: this book includes an extended family (parents, kids, grandparents) and talks about the cancer simply and directly; addressing a few emotional concerns such as "can I kiss grandpa?" and "will I get sick too?".

Cons: the "kids" are drawn as dogs and the adults as humans. My bright 4 year old daughter asked why and how could puppies come from humans - and I had no good answer than to say the author stretched their imagination (I then had to explain that humans could only give birth to human babies). If the author wanted the family to be "mixed" why not use different ethnicities? At least then the characters would be the same species! Also, the book didn't address the physical side effects too well or give a way for the sick child to address their concerns of being ill, looking different, and most importantly - the possiblity of death.

If you need something for your sick child, get Chemo Girl by Christina Richmond. It is written by a 9 year old girl who had cancer. The book address feelings in conjunction with the chemo treatments while making the ill child heroic and knowing that s/he isn't alone in their fight for
their lives. Also check out the American Cancer Society workbook. It is aimed for kids with sick parents, but the questions can be directed to sick children as well. There is one more book whose title I can't remember, but it has a Cancer Team approach as well and explains the treatments in a more friendly and simple way.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By MaryRasmussen on May 6, 2010
Format: Paperback
As a volunteer chair of the Children's Activities Area for 10 years, I continually search for resource materials that are written for children under 12 years of age. Resources materials informing and reassuring children that the word `cancer' doesn't have to be scary; but, rather a word that is challenging. Sometimes children are "forgotten" while adults deal with the diagnosis and treatment of cancer. How does a child know what questions to ask? That it is really, really okay to ask questions! Barklay and Eve answers many questions children may have while reassuring children in a simple, straight forward manner: through the medium of a coloring book. It answers common questions about cancer treatments and encourages children to ask questions. Parents or friends can read and discuss cancer with their children as they relax and color the pictures. We have distributed 100's of Barklay and Eve to parents, family members, children every year at our Race for the Cure.
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