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Children's LiteratureThis 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.