The Year My Mother Was Bald

( 1 )
Sending request ...

More About This Book

Editorial Reviews

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
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781557988881
  • Publisher: American Psychological Association
  • Publication date: 1/28/2003
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 1,212,363
  • Age range: 7 - 11 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 5
( 1 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing 1 Customer Reviews
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2012

    Beneficial for my 11 year old Grand-daughter

    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.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
Sort by: Showing 1 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)