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The Great Katie Kate Tackles Questions About Cancer Hardcover – May 1, 2010
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From School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1–Katie Kate is a superhero who roams the hospital corridors battling fear for newly diagnosed cancer patients. She flies into the room, belittles the Worry Wombat, and explains the ins and outs of various procedures and treatments. This is just what little Suzy needs as she is awaits the results of tests and biopsies. Zivoin's bright, cartoon characters have expressive faces. The illustrator uses color to convey movement, and the pictures, though amateurish, attract the eye. Each type of treatment is explained in child-friendly language, and Katie Kate reassures the youngster that cancer treatments are basically pain free. Although the book is about alleviating children's fears, it is unrealistic to claim that radiation, chemotherapy, and surgery are basically pain free. This title, with its straightforward text, could be helpful to doctors or nurses in a cancer treatment center, but it must be used with extreme caution.Wendy Smith-D'Arezzo, Loyola College, Baltimore, MD
© Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
From the Back Cover
The great Katie Kate takes on the Worry Wombat as she teaches a young girl about treating cancer. When Dr. Demarco explains to Suzy that she might have cancer, the young girl begins to worry. Just then, the Great Katie Kate zooms in to ease Suzy's mind and help her stare down the Worry Wombat. She takes Suzy on a magical tour through the hospital and explains what cancer is all about and, more important, how it is treated. As Suzy learns more about her condition, she learns to ask questions and even to smile, which makes the Worry Wombat disappear. This superhero saga provides an entertaining and indispensable tool for parents and medical professionals who are seeking a positive way to set young cancer patients on the road to recovery by helping them deal with their fears. With Katie Kate coming to the rescue, children with cancer have a friend they can trust.
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Bravo to the author for doing such a great job walking through the myriad of tests and procedures that will need to be done and explaining them carefully and plainly such that even young children can get a sense of confidence and control over... what comes next. IF I could only recommend one books to parents of children tying to explain a hard diagnosis this would be the book.
I give this book 4 out of 5 stars, which I consider good and above average.
I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.
When a child faces a worrisome condition, anxiety can short-circuit even the simplest forms of communication within a family--especially where the possibility of cancer looms.
With a brave, clear-headed heroine named The Great Katie Kate, author and radiation oncologist Dr. M. Maitland DeLand addresses the process of cancer diagnosis and treatment in children with her much-needed book The Great Katie Kate Tackles Questions About Cancer.
This outstanding children's book (illustrated by Jennifer Zivoin) covers everything from biopsies to blood tests, CT scans to chemotherapy, hospital stays to possible hair loss, answering questions that every child, parent or caregiver wonders about when facing a cancer diagnosis.
Young Suzy has a growth on her leg that didn't go away with the antibiotics her pediatrician gave her. Since Suzy doesn't feel well, her parents took her to see a special doctor named Dr. DeMarco, who thinks that Suzy may have cancer.
Dr. DeMarco has an amazing friend named The Great Katie Kate, who zooms into the room on a streak of bright light. While Dr. DeMarco speaks with Suzy's parents in another room, Katie Kate shows Suzy a large, furry critter named Worry Wombat. Katie Kate assures Suzy that by asking enough questions and smiling whenever she can, Suzy will shrink the Worry Wombat until it disappears entirely.
Katie Kate answers all of Suzy's questions, showing her other children in the hospital who are having or will have X-rays, surgery, radiation or other treatments. By the end of the book, Suzy makes Worry Wombat disappear with her questions and optimism, much to her parent's and doctor's delight.
Sensitive, informative and encouraging, The Great Katie Kate Tackles Questions About Cancer belongs on the shelf of every doctor's office, hospital, clinic and laboratory. Libraries should keep this book on hand, too, because it addresses such an important and potentially scary topic.
If you are a parent or caregiver facing a cancer diagnosis in a child, I urge you to get this book. Its honest, gentle message will demystify the diagnosis and treatment process, equipping you to handle the questions that you or your child will inevitably face. Dr. M. Maitland DeLand has done children, families and the medical community a wonderful service by writing this one-of-a-kind book.
-- Janet Boyer, author of Back in Time Tarot
To me, that is ridiculous. You should never tell a child or parents, that it MIGHT be cancer. Only tell them you need to run a few tests, and when you know for sure what it is, tell them. It will save them days of terrifying worry.
When I lived in California, my youngest son got a lump in his armpit. The doctor told us it might be cancer. I lost it. We were moving to Florida in 3 days, so we had to wait until we got there to have tests done. It was an agonizing week. When I took him to the Dr. here, tests showed it was Cat Scratch Fever. I was ecstatic, but could have punched the Dr. in CA. I almost had a nervous breakdown for nothing.
Other than that, I liked this book. It would be ideal for any child diagnosed with cancer. It has beautiful illustrations and the message would be easy for children to understand. It would help them get through a very difficult and scary time.