The Hope Tree: Kids Talk about Breast Cancer by Laura Numeroff, David M. McPhail, Wendy S. Harpham |, Hardcover | Barnes & Noble
The Hope Tree: Kids Talk about Breast Cancer

The Hope Tree: Kids Talk about Breast Cancer

by Laura Numeroff, David M. McPhail, Wendy S. Harpham
     
 

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Cuddly animal characters lay it on the line in the opening note of The Hope Tree: Kids Talk About Breast Cancer by Laura Numeroff and Dr. Wendy Harpham, illus. by David McPhail: "Once a week we play games and talk about movies, our families, sports, school, books, and, oh yeah, our moms' cancer." Drawing on actual accounts, the authors create a fictional support group, which addresses 10 topics familiar to families dealing with the disease. Originally published in 1999 with limited distribution, this paper-over-board edition will benefit the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. A comforting and compassionate volume. ( Sept.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Publishers Weekly - Publishers Weekly
Cuddly animal characters lay it on the line in the opening note of The Hope Tree: Kids Talk About Breast Cancer by Laura Numeroff and Dr. Wendy Harpham, illus. by David McPhail: "Once a week we play games and talk about movies, our families, sports, school, books, and, oh yeah, our moms' cancer." Drawing on actual accounts, the authors create a fictional support group, which addresses 10 topics familiar to families dealing with the disease. Originally published in 1999 with limited distribution, this paper-over-board edition will benefit the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. A comforting and compassionate volume. ( Sept.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
The hardest sickness a child might have to face is the serious illness of a parent. The authors worked together with children to help create this informative book. The writings come from a group of five to twelve year olds who gather to talk about each of their mothers' breast cancer. They write advice pieces like "The day my family found out" or "Family meetings." They write words of encouragement like "Picturing cancer makes it less scary", "You can't catch it," or "Looking for the good things in something bad." All their thoughts, feelings, and ideas are well represented by David McPhail's emotion-filled pictures. Both words and illustrations can open up needed and helpful discussions. 2001, Simon & Schuster,
— Susie Wilde
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
K-Gr 4-A comforting picture book written to help children cope with a mother's breast cancer. The authors have created 10 "testimonials" by animal characters in an imaginary support group, allowing each of them to talk about issues they are facing. The "narrators," all between the ages of 5 and 12, describe how the family reacted to the diagnosis, meeting the doctors and nurses, trying to look for good things among the bad, and dealing with scary emotions, and they offer hints for helping Mom feel better. In the final spread, "Jessie, age 9 1/2," expresses her feelings and creates a hope tree, each leaf representing one wish for the future. The writing styles change with the age of the animal. McPhail's full-page illustrations of the animal children in typical human situations are appealing, and his colors are soft and reassuring. Young children of women with breast cancer, often stifled by the chaos and fear experienced by the family, would greatly benefit from the discussions this book should stimulate and the comfort it provides.-Mary R. Hofmann, Rivera Middle School, Merced, CA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780689845260
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Publication date:
09/01/2001
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.68(w) x 11.30(h) x 0.36(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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