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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on November 16, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This sensitive book describes the feelings of an older sibling and a family when a young child is hospitalized for a severe medical problem. It helps normalize the feelings that a sibling might have, and indicates that adults are available for support. The black and white drawings do a good job of being accurate, but still showing warmth and emotion.
This book is specifically aimed at children who are about four to eight years old. When one of my own children was hospitalized and had surgery, I thought of this book and brought it out for my other children.
This book tells the story of a young girl, whose baby sister is admitted into a hospital. The baby sister needs surgery, and the older girl is very unhappy. The older sister is initially angry at how Molly is getting all the attention. Later, she feels guilty and wonders if she somehow caused Molly's illness.

The author had a child who had a chronic condition and underwent surgery. She saw how her older children experienced the sibling's illness. The illustrator is a physician who left the clinical practice of medicine to pursue her artwork and to raise her own family. Her medical background may help account for the superb, sensitive illustrations.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on December 29, 1998
Format: Hardcover
I'm 11 years old, and when my sister was in the hospital my mom bought me this book. It was like reading my own story in a real book! Like Anna, the main character, I felt sad, jealous, worried, and even angry at my sister. This book helped me to understand that other kids felt the same way. I also enjoyed the happy ending!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on June 7, 1999
Format: Hardcover
The moving story of Molly's illness and her family's loving, worried response informs children about what a hospitalization means. What's more, it validates the feelings that come when a loved one needs help. Duncan beautifully evokes the atmosphere of a hospital -- not just the physical place but the environment of caring professionals, friends, and family members who work together to get someone better. For kids who've experienced hospitalizations (their own or others) or who are trying to imagine what things are like at the hospital (whether or not someone they love is in the hospital now), this book rings equally clear and true. Brava!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on September 13, 1998
Format: Hardcover
When Molly Was in the Hospital is wonderful! It is a touching story about a child who becomes ill, needs lots of tests and doctor visits, has surgery and a hospital stay. It is written from the sibling's point of view and addresses the sibling's many feelings including fear, guilt, anger, and joy as her sister recovers. It is rare to find something acknowleging the needs of siblings of disabled or sick children, and this book does it extremely well. It is written simply, but factually, and is very true to real hospital stays. The illistrations are gorgeous. An absolute MUST if you children and one is ever hospitalized.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on September 24, 2013
Format: HardcoverVerified Purchase
I bought this book for a friend with a very ill child and a younger healthy child who doesn't always understand why they are at the hospital again. It helps to let her know she is not the only one with a sick brother or sister.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 24, 2014
Format: HardcoverVerified Purchase
This was the best book I could find to help explain to my 3 year old, that her new born sister was going to be having surgery. I was great being able to read a page and compare it to what our situation was going to be. I
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on August 18, 2013
Format: HardcoverVerified Purchase
Bought this book for a 7 year old whose older sister was having spinal surgery.
I read it to him. He said it was a good book. Then asked to take it home with him.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 3, 2014
Format: HardcoverVerified Purchase
I bought this book for my friends granddaughter to help her understand her little sister having to go in and out of the hospital for cancer treatments.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 23, 2014
Format: Hardcover
A beautifully illustrated book! The writer really understands and knows how to portray children's feelings in this book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 26, 2014
Format: HardcoverVerified Purchase
Great book, that portrayed the message to both of my girls, after one was hospitalized after an accident.
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