When your mom has breast cancer, how do you cope? Ann is just short of fifteen when Mom is diagnosed with breast cancer. How can she tell the girls in ballet class that her mother had her breasts cut off? Her matter-of-fact sister, Jane, takes charge at home; her brother, Nick, calls from California; Dad helps when he can, as do friends, teachers, and relatives. Still, Ann is consumed with worry. Who's going to make sure that Mom drinks enough water, like the doctor said? Unless she is dancing or making pottery, Ann feels completely alone. She has a book that says, "Don't sweat the small stuff. And it's all small stuff." Even cancer?
About the Author
Andrea Cheng teaches English as a second language in Cincinnati. She is the daughter of Hungarian Jewish immigrants and grew up among extended family members, many of whom survived the Holocaust. Her family spoke mostly Hungarian at home. Her novels include The Bear Makers, The Lace Dowry, and Eclipse.
Nicole Wong is the illustrator of Imagine a Rainbow by Brenda Miles and Always My Grandpa by Linda Scacco, among other titles. She is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design and lives in Fall River, Massachusetts.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is a simple yet beautiful book about the way a young girl deals with her mother¿s breast cancer. It is written in a series of poems. Each poem expresses what is happening at that time with her mother or else with her own emotions. The reader can feel the emotions and the helplessness in the voice of them poems. She handles her worries by dancing and making pottery. Through these two creative outlets she can let out her frustrations and deal with not only the everyday things a girl of fifteen must deal with, but put into perspective her mom¿s cancer. Wonderfully written with a great message.
This autobiographical novel in verse is based on the author's youngest daughter's experience watching her mom go through treatment for breast cancer. The beautiful verse and illustrations certainly add something to the genre of cancer books for kids. The book is well done, but I wonder if its appeal will be limited to kids who are going through or have gone through this experience. Still, for those kids it will be an excellent choice.