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Why, Charlie Brown, Why?: A Story About What Happens When a Friend Is Very Ill Hardcover – August 27, 2002

4.7 out of 5 stars 19 customer reviews

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In this timeless classic, the Peanuts gang faces the serious sickness of a good friend with all the sensitivity, caring, and warmth that is the trademark of Charles Schultz?s work. Why, Charlie Brown, Why? is a heartwarming story of a child dealing with great challenges and profound questions.

When young Janice is diagnosed with leukemia, Charlie Brown looks for answers, Linus becomes her protector, Lucy doesn?t understand, Snoopy dons his '?World?s Greatest Surgeon? togs, and the whole gang does some soul searching. In his own inimitable style, Charles Schulz brings this touching tale to life. With charm and compassion, he tells of the effect of Janice?s illness on her family, her classmates, and, of course, her friends.

For more than a decade, Why, Charlie Brown, Why? has helped children to understand what happens when someone they love is sick. Now this wonderful book is available once again to serve as a guide for future generations.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; First Edition edition (August 27, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689848218
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345455314
  • ASIN: 0345455312
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 0.4 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #655,363 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on October 3, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This book, or the video by the same title, is excellent for elementary school aged children confronting cancer in themselves or their families. I have donated multiple copies of the book and video to Children's Memorial Hospital in Chicago for their use with young cancer patients and their families. The story is especially good for siblings of children with cancer, since it shows how they sometimes feel that they are being ignored, and their sister or brother is getting all of the attention. It also teaches a child how to defend a classmate against bullying, when the girl with cancer is made fun of for having lost her hair. My only reservation would be not to use this book with a child who has extremely advanced cancer, since of course the story has a happy ending, and it might cause the child to wonder why they don't seem to be recovering. Overall: well done, Charles Schulz!
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I am appauld by the person whom posted a comment regarding that children have enough to deal with in the world. I am a survivor of Childhood Cancer and I wish that this was a book and video played in my class when I was sick.

I was picked on for having no hair, being bald in first grade, throwing up on the play ground and being laughed at.

What would you feel like it you were diagnosed with cancer and not sure if you were going to live to see second grade.

Charles Schulz was a great man, and he helped bring lessons to children and adults through his strip.
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As a parent of a child who has been through leukemia treatment, I can't tell you how many times the video (didn't even know there was a book until now) of this story has been recommended to new parents, and for sharing with classmates of a leukemia patient. Along with our copy of "Sesame Street Goes to the Hospital," and Mister Rogers' "Going to the Hospital," this is part of our 'permanent collection.'
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My little girl developed leukemia when she was 2 and 1/2 and THIS was the only and BEST way she understood that she was not alone and what she had(on her terms). I was SO impressed that Charles Schultz did this book/video, etc. As far as kids who don't have to deal with a serious illness, I think that this book is very well written for any child as to not treat others who don't "look" the same badly and know that God made us all different-or this world would be dull. I give thanks to the writer for such a wonderful story-HOPE included!
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My 8 year old just learned that his best friend has leukemia. This book does a fantastic job of explaining to a child, what happens to someone who is facing this illness. I don't feel that it is too harsh, as some have reported. Cancer is a reality and unfortunatly our children occassionally come into contact with a friend or someone they know who is diagnosed with it. This book helps our kids to understand that their friend is still the same person who happens to be dealing with a serious illness and helps prepare them for changes that will occur in their friends life and appearance.
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By A Customer on September 19, 2002
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This is such a wonderful book. Compassionate and educational, a must have book for every child.
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The disease is explained well for little ones and also the associated jealousy (for the patient getting extra attention), embarrassment (for the patient losing hair etc) and shock.

My 4 and 7 year old liked the book, and it helped them understand what one of their friends is battling at the moment.

This book would also work very well for a child who might be going through the cure.
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Only Charlie Brown and his friends can help us to understand what happens when one person has cancer in a very simple way. This is problably one of the best tales by Mr. Schulz. I recommend this book for kids and grown ups.
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