The Year My Mother Was Bald

The Year My Mother Was Bald

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by Ann Speltz, Kate Sternberg
     
 

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It helps to know what to expect when a parent has cancer. Knowing the facts makes things seem less scary and out of control. The Year My Mother Was Bald is Clare's journal and scrapbook the year her mother is diagnosed with cancer and goes through treatment. Clare tells her story, shares her feelings, and describes her family's experiences from her mother's

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It helps to know what to expect when a parent has cancer. Knowing the facts makes things seem less scary and out of control. The Year My Mother Was Bald is Clare's journal and scrapbook the year her mother is diagnosed with cancer and goes through treatment. Clare tells her story, shares her feelings, and describes her family's experiences from her mother's diagnosis to chemotherapy, surgery, and radiation. Young readers will learn to understand the science of cancer and its treatments and will take comfort in knowing that they're not alone and that their feelings are normal.

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Children's Literature
This engaging title offers a child's eye view of the changes in one family as a mother suffers from and conquers cancer with a combination of surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation treatment. The daughter Clare ostensibly keeps a journal in which she clips and attaches medical information of interest, sketches her dog and her butterfly experiments, and relates the changes in family activities and her mom's appearance and vigor. This collage-style book with whimsical drawings and what seem to be true-life photographs and drawings from the Spelz family covers the gamut of feelings related to having a parent with cancer and the physical progress of the disease and recovery. Set against a calendar of months and normal activities that have been disrupted or changed, the narrator discovers new skills and strengths in herself and her family. Particularly satisfying is a family round-up of the good things which came from the mother's cancer, such as discovering just how wonderful and caring other people can be and how a family where everyone supports each other can become even closer in adversity. Laced with humor and offering a realistic story of one family's journey through cancer, this book will answer children's questions while offering support and a vehicle for family communication. The back matter includes an excellent list of resources in text and on the web. 2003, Magination Press, Ages 8 to 13.
—Elisabeth Greenberg

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781557988379
Publisher:
American Psychological Association
Publication date:
01/28/2003
Pages:
64
Sales rank:
1,166,888
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
8 - 13 Years

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The Year My Mother Was Bald 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I gave this book to my grand daughter and she sat at the table and read it through in one sitting! I like that there is a personal story written by the author and her daughter and then there are factual sections blocked off that are informational. I think it will help my grand daughter deal with some of the issues and questions she may be afraid to ask her Mother who has aggressive breast cancer. I would highly recommend this book.