I Heal: The Children of Chernobyl in Cuba

I Heal: The Children of Chernobyl in Cuba

by Trish Marx, Dorita Beh-Eger
     
 

In I Heal, Elena and her friend Lubomir will show you Tarara through their eyes. You'll Learn how the children of Chernobyl are being treated, and you'll meet the Cuban doctors who care for them. You'll learn why Tarara is truly a place for healing.  See more details below

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In I Heal, Elena and her friend Lubomir will show you Tarara through their eyes. You'll Learn how the children of Chernobyl are being treated, and you'll meet the Cuban doctors who care for them. You'll learn why Tarara is truly a place for healing.

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School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 4-6Most of the book is written from the point of view of Elena, a Ukrainian girl of 12 who is grateful for her treatment at Tarara, a Cuban medical camp for children whose illnesses are attributed to the radiation released during and after the Chernobyl accident 10 years ago. Many of these youngsters have tumors or suffer from leukemia; others are there to build up their immune systems. Elena may seem a bit too idealized for some readers, but her story is heartwarming and at times poignant. The same can be said about the accompanying photographs of other children, ranging from sick youngsters undergoing treatment to those well on in the healing process who are able to bicycle and romp in the ocean. Although references are made to long hospital stays, surgery, chemotherapy, and even to one death, the book gives only minimal explanations of medical care for cancer patients. Chemotherapy, for example, is simply described as taking very strong medicine. The main goal of the author, it seems, is to convey the generosity of the Cubans, which is indeed to be commended. Hosting 13,000 children since 1990 is an impressive feat for a country undergoing severe economic difficulties. However, the implication in the preface and afterword that only two countries (Cuba and Israel) responded when the Soviet Union asked for help is not correct. In fact, many countries have treated Chernobyl's victims and sent assistance to the Ukraine.Elizabeth Talbot, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822548973
Publisher:
Lerner Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/01/1996
Series:
Carolrhoda Photo Bks.
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
9.69(w) x 8.43(h) x 0.43(d)
Age Range:
9 - 11 Years

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