- Gebundene Ausgabe: 64 Seiten
- Verlag: Amer Psychological Assn (Dezember 2002)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1557988374
- ISBN-13: 978-1557988379
- Vom Hersteller empfohlenes Alter: 8 - 11 Jahre
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 16,3 x 1,2 x 23,5 cm
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- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 2.987.011 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
The Year My Mother Was Bald (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – Dezember 2002
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It helps to know what to expect when a parent has cancer. Knowing the facts makes things seem less scary and out of control. "The Year My Mother Was Bald" is Clare's journal and scrapbook of the year her mother is diagnosed with cancer and goes through treatment. Clare tells her story, shares her feelings and describes her family's experiences from her mother's diagnosis to chemotherapy, surgery and radiation. Young readers will learn to understand the science of cancer and its treatments and will take comfort in knowing that they're not alone and that their feelings are normal.
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Each month includes Claire's experiences, hopes and fears. She discusses her daily routine and how it has to change when her mother is too ill to pack her lunch or drive her to school. Eventually, Claire learns to manage some chores, such as laundry, on her own. She feels that she is contributing and that she has learned some new skills. Each monthly chapter also includes scientific information explaining facts that a child might want to know. These topics include surgery, surgical drains, chemotherapy, and hair loss. the illustrations include drawings and photographs. They look like the marginal drawings that a girl like Claire might actually do. they help illustrate her reactions.
I liked the way that the book is organized around a specific time frame. A child experiences time differently from an adult. Although cancer treatment often extends longer than a year, the concrete depiction of time passage allows the child or young adolescent to see that there is a progression.
The author and illustrator have both had personal experience with cancer in themselves or in their family. They make it clear that different people experience cancer in their own ways, and that different emotional reactions are all right.
Ms. Speltz takes a scary thing -- a parent's battle with cancer -- and turns it into a learning experience. Calmly and seemingly effortlessly she anticipates the fears, anxieties, and emotions of a young child and skillfully illustrates the questions a child may have and distills sometimes cold and frighteneing medical jargon and presents it in a way that children can hear and understand. At 15, my son is a little old for this book, but I am very glad to have read it because it gave me a lexicon for communicating things about my own cancer to family and friends in a way they will understand.
It would be unfair for me not to compliment the illustrator of this book, Kate Sternberg, who did a wonderful job and helped keep the book light.