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Where Did Mommy's Superpowers Go?
     

Where Did Mommy's Superpowers Go?

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by Jenifer Gershman
 

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Mommy and her son love to play together and act like superheroes! But one day, Mommy has something serious to discuss. She explains to her little boy that the doctor has found some "yucky stuff" in her body, and that she'll need very strong medicine to get rid of it. Unfortunately, Mommy will need to go away for a while, and the strong medicine will take her

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Mommy and her son love to play together and act like superheroes! But one day, Mommy has something serious to discuss. She explains to her little boy that the doctor has found some "yucky stuff" in her body, and that she'll need very strong medicine to get rid of it. Unfortunately, Mommy will need to go away for a while, and the strong medicine will take her "superpowers" away. She will look different, and not be able to do a lot of the fun things she normally does. What will her son do while Mommy is away? How will the medicine change her? When and how will Mommy get her superpowers back?

Where Did Mommy's Superpowers Go? is a heartwarming story for all parents struggling to balance a serious health crisis while caring for small children. Told from the child's point of view, the story shows that what adults tell children about a family member's critical illness may not be nearly as important as how adults share this information. What makes this book special and sets it apart from others is that no particular disease or treatment is specified, so it can be a useful resource for all families facing this challenge.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780982446195
Publisher:
SDP Publishing Solutions, LLC
Publication date:
03/07/2011
Pages:
36
Product dimensions:
7.90(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
3 - 10 Years

Meet the Author

Jenifer Gershman lives with her husband, Steven, and son, Jason, in Massachusetts. In 2007, at the age of 38, Jenifer was diagnosed with amyloidosis, a rare blood protein disorder which, left untreated, is fatal. Without prompt and proper treatment, the prognosis is approximately 12 to15 months. Jenifer underwent high dose chemotherapy and a stem cell transplant … TWICE … both in 2007 and 2008. Her son Jason was only 4 years old at the time of her first treatment. She is currently in remission and happy to be living a healthy and active life with her family.

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Where Did Mommy's Superpowers Go? 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Where Did Mommy's Super Powers Go? by Jenifer Gershman is great book to start a discussion with an older child even though it was written with a younger child in mind.  The treatment process is explained in simple term.  When we read the book together, I could add more information based on my child’s age.  The book provided the foundation to have that discussion.  I also like that the book does not specify the illness so it can be used by anyone going through a chemo-like treatment.  
MomsChoiceAwards More than 1 year ago
Where Did Mommy's Superpowers Go is a recipient of the prestigious Mom's Choice Award. The Mom's Choice Awards honors excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. An esteemed panel of judges includes education, media and other experts as well as parents, children, librarians, performing artists, producers, medical and business professionals, authors, scientists and others. A sampling of the panel members includes: Dr. Twila C. Liggett, ten-time Emmy-winner, professor and founder of PBS's Reading Rainbow; Julie Aigner-Clark, Creator of Baby Einstein and The Safe Side Project; Jodee Blanco, and New York Times best-selling Author; LeAnn Thieman, motivational speaker and coauthor of seven Chicken Soup For The Soul books. Parents and educators look for the Mom's Choice Awards seal in selecting quality materials and products for children and families.
LyndaKahn More than 1 year ago
This book put everything into prospective for a child. Jen went through such hard times and always managed to keep up her spirits and sense of humor. I give her all the credit in the world, along with the help of her husband, steve and of course, jason. This was a very scary thing for everyone and the book tells it so wonderfully so that a child will understand what "mommy" went through without being afraid. I think this should be a best seller, it was with me. I am so proud of Jen (and the entire family who helped her out).
Lisa29 More than 1 year ago
As a mom/nurse I would recommend this book for someone who needs to explain to a child what is happening inside the body of their sick family member. There are some medical terms that are very scary for children to hear. Jenifer uses words, to describe these changes that are occurring inside the body, that kids understand and in ways that they can identify with. Her approach is playful and descriptive and very informative.
AlecB More than 1 year ago
As an elementary school teacher, I was very pleased to add this volume to my classroom bookshelves. Gershman takes a scary topic and makes it very human and relatable for young students. I would recommend this to anyone looking to address the illness of a friend or relative with children. The librarians in my district agreed, and purchased copies for their buildings as well.
jody68 More than 1 year ago
Where Did Mommy's Super Powers Go? by Jenifer Gershman is a wonderfully written and illustrated story. Jenifer's ability to take her own difficult situation and turn it into something positive to share with others is remarkable. This book is very kid friendly and the illustrations are terrific. This book caters to all who might have to explain to a young child what it is like to go through a difficult illness. We are very proud to call Jenifer our friend and hope this book can help other families.
tformosa More than 1 year ago
Where Did Mommy's Superpowers Go? is a gently written book to assist families with young children deal with a parents serious illness. Its generic nature allows this touching book to be a "one size fits all" book to address illnesses of any kind. I read it to my children during a difficult time with my dad, their poppy, and regardless of the focus being a mother and child, it helped my children understand and cope better with my dads situation. Thank you for this wonderfully written book!
KerstinM More than 1 year ago
FINALLY... a book that addresses the issues in an informative, thoughtful and interesting way. This is the perfect book for children dealing with a parent or other adult loved one suffering through an extended illness. It is beautifully written and appeals to a wide age range. It is comforting to know that there is a book out there to help people through such a difficult time in their lives.
MEO_AMY More than 1 year ago
A wonderful tool for families dealing with a parents illness and treatment. Easy to read, wonderful illustrations, obviously a work directly from the heart.
stevenmforman More than 1 year ago
Where Did Mommy's Super Powers Go? is a sensitively written, cleverly illustrated book for children with parents or any adult family member battling debilitating illness. Told from the child's point of view, author Jenifer Gershman shares her personal experience explaining to her own young son how he is part of the solution, not the problem. I highly recommend this book to everyone interested in communicating effectively with children about sensitive topics. Steven M. Forman, Published Author Boca Knights, 2009 Boca Mournings, 2010 Boca Daze, 2011 Steven M Forman Published by Tor Books, a division of McMillan Books
JoArt More than 1 year ago
Where Did Mommy's Superpowers Go? is a fantastic book for anyone who has to tell a child that a loved one has a serious illness. When my Dad was ill, I had to read Freddie the Leaf to my kids and it didn't do the trick for them. Jenifer has done an amazing job of addressing all the issues that a child will question when they have to deal with their world being changed in such a big way. To involve her child in the entire process of writing, illustrating and publishing this book, enhances the finished product. This book is informative without being morose and explains a serious issue in a child-friendly, accessible way.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a must read for anyone with a family member (or even a friend) going through an illness. It is an easy read for children & the illustrations are beautiful! I highly recommend this book for everyone!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a beautiful and well-written book that allowed me to discuss illness with my child on her level. It dealt with the questions and concerns that she would have--how a parent being sick would affect her. The author doesn't dance around the issue of illness, but deals with it straight on in practical terms (from the child's perspective). I cannot recommend this book enough for anyone dealing with an illness who has children.
JLem More than 1 year ago
I would like to say that I found this book to be relatable to anybody who has a parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle facing a serious illness and how information is shared with a young child. I found the book to be encouraging and upbeat. In each phase of the illness the author was going through, she cited examples of how she shared her experiences to her young son so he can understand what she was feeling. It brought a smile to me when I was reading the part when the young son and his mommy didn't want to be the first to say goodbye on the phone when she was in the hospital and they would race each other to see who would be the first to say goodbye and hang up. This and many other good examples in the book demonstrates how to explain to a young child the journey and experiences of a serious illness of either a parent, relative or even friends. That is why I think that this book could be relevant to everybody. This true story is one of courage and hope.