Nowhere Hair: Explain cancer and chemo to your kidsby Sue Glader, Edith Buenen
Whimsical yet honest, Nowhere Hair recently was one of only two books recommended by LIVESTRONG.org on the topic of talking to children (ages 3-12) about a parent's diagnosis. A vibrantly and poignantly illustrated book that focuses on explaining the loss of hair due to chemotherapy. It tells the story of a young girl who tries unsuccessfully to find her mother's… See more details below
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Whimsical yet honest, Nowhere Hair recently was one of only two books recommended by LIVESTRONG.org on the topic of talking to children (ages 3-12) about a parent's diagnosis. A vibrantly and poignantly illustrated book that focuses on explaining the loss of hair due to chemotherapy. It tells the story of a young girl who tries unsuccessfully to find her mother's missing hair, only to learn that medicine has made it fall out. She learns that she didn't cause the cancer, can't catch it, and that Mommy still is very much up for the job of mothering. The book, written in rhyme, explains hats, scarves, wigs, going bald in public, and the idea of being nice to people who may look a little different than you. It ends with the idea that what is inside of us is far more important than how we look on the outside. It's silly. And touching. And real. Mothers, teachers, grandmothers, aunties, and friends have used this book to find the words.
GOLD MEDAL WINNER 2011 Moonbeam Children's Book Awards "Health" Category
- Thousand Words Press
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- NOOK Book
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- 12 MB
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- Age Range:
- 3 - 5 Years
Meet the Author
Sue Glader uses nouns and verbs to make a living. She is an award-winning freelance copywriter for companies such as Levi Strauss, HP, General Electric, Marriott Hotels and The Economist. A breast cancer diagnosis in 1999 changed everything, although she kept writing for clients through her treatment because Everything Was Fine. Nowhere Hair is Sue’s personal response to help young children (and women) through a cancer diagnosis. Sue lives in Mill Valley, California with her husband and son.
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Having cancer must be terrifying. Having to explain all of the effects that go along with treating cancer to your children must be terrifying as well. Sue Glader, a breast cancer survivor, has made that task much, much easier with this picture book geared toward children aged 3-10. The story, told in rhyme, helps the daughter of a hip mom undergoing treatment for her cancer to understand why her mom has lost her hair. Nowhere Hair uses delightful illustrations to help convey to children the important messages that cancer isn't their fault and that it's what's inside that counts. Sensitive, sweet, and at times silly, this book truly touched me. I very highly recommend it.
Really so no other ages should no. I think there is only one wa to tell any kid. Sit down with them an tell them. Then answer any quetions they may have. There i just saved yu ten bucks.
Nowhere Hair starts off with a young girl searching for her mother's hair. The text is lighthearted with a touch of humor, but never, never dismissive of the child's feelings. The book gently addresses common fears and feelings children may have about cancer, reassuring them that they didn't cause it, can't catch it, and that how someone looks doesn't change who they are. It even encourages kids, in a very age-appropriate way, to consider what their loved one may be struggling with, such as exhaustion or confidence. I love the look and the layout of this e-book. The whimsical font is so pretty, and Edith Buenen's watercolor illustrations are absolutely gorgeous. (Take a peek and see for yourself!) I recommend viewing the e-book in landscape mode with publisher defaults set "on." I actually read the book aloud replacing "Mommy" with "Nanny" and only had to make one or two minor adjustments in the text to make it applicable to our situation. (My daughter C is still so young, I was afraid she'd get confused and think that I have cancer). But this story can be read "as is" and used as a starting point for discussions relevant to any family member or friend with cancer. The page that helped C the most was a small photo of the little girl as a baby. The text reads: "She says it's like my first hairdo when I was very small." After reading the book a few times and talking some more, C no longer expressed anxiety about seeing her grandmother without hair. When we went for a visit a couple days after purchasing the book, she was completely fine. Sue Glader has found the perfect tone to help children and the adults in their lives talk about cancer. I'm thankful to have found Nowhere Hair.
¿Having hunted for her mother¿s hair, a young girl learns the truth about cancer while experiencing life (with hats, scarves, baldness, and love), during chemotherapy.¿ Nowhere Hair is a wonderful way to begin a talk centered on cancer. The author uses comforting tones that will sooth young and old alike. No one wants to mix children in with cancer, yet life has a way of doing as it pleases. When it does strike, children need a way to understand all that is happening around them. They need to know they are not to blame, did not cause, nor will they be punished because of the illness their loved one is now suffering. Nowhere Hair can be the starter to a great conversation. Children can learn to empathize with mom or grandma, or maybe an aunt dealing with the effects of chemotherapy. The image of a bald woman alludes to illness and this book helps take the scary out of the way mom looks, offering up alternatives to her once coiffed head. In the end, it is not the hair that matters, but the love. Nowhere Hair uses humor in just the right places to keep this serious subject light for children. The illustrations capture the essence of the story with its light, curvy, watercolor strokes. Children live in a very small world. When something like cancer strikes, small ones need to know what is happening around them and how this will affect them. Nowhere Hair is the perfect story for the situation. I really like the story for its insights to a child¿s way of thinking. ¿It wasn¿t something that I did. Or said. Or even thought. Dad promised me (he crossed his heart) it¿s not because we fought.¿ The author is very much in touch with a child¿s point of view. For anyone who has been in this situation the daughter¿s words can be heart breaking. This is a great book for kids. The illustrations give the book a light, breezy feel; an inviting tone. The cover, with its sunny beach setting, instantly drew me in. I think anyone undergoing chemotherapy would enjoy this story. For that reason, Nowhere Hair makes an excellent gift for both young and old. Received from author.