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When Mommy Had a Mastectomy

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Children's Literature - Judy Podlesney
A little girl and her mommy have a very special hug, where she rests her head on her mother's chest and rests her face on her breasts. This practice, that mother and daughter have shared since infancy, comes to a stop when Mommy tells her daughter that she has breast cancer and needs an operation called a mastectomy to remove her breast and the cancer in it. They share their sadness at the prospect of Mommy feeling ill and taking a long time to heal. Mommy openly and lovingly addresses the potential concerns her daughter may have, including assuring her that cancer is not catching like a cold, what she may look like without a breast, and the choice to have reconstruction surgery. When Mommy returns from the hospital, she and her daughter find alternative ways to hug with toes and elbows and out loud. The book ends on a happy note, as Mommy and daughter eventually resume their special hug. Nancy Reuben Greenfield, a breast cancer survivor, writes with sensitivity and understanding of the emotional impact mastectomy has on the relationship between parent and child. Ralph Butler's illustrations are expressive and gentle, reflecting the bond between Mommy and her daughter.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780910155601
  • Publisher: Bartleby Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/2005
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 805,456
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 6.10 (h) x 0.10 (d)

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