The Year My Mother Was Bald

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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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781557988881
  • Publisher: American Psychological Association
  • Publication date: 1/28/2003
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 970,809
  • Age range: 7 - 11 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.30 (d)

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  • 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.

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