Posts tagged ‘family’
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and most of us know someone who’s been affected by this disease. It impacts the entire family as many of the women battling this disease also have children who are coping and fighting alongside them.
The Goodbye Cancer Garden by Janna Matthies and illustrated by Kristi Valiant brooches this subject that is often difficult to discuss with young children.
This picture book is sensitively and lovingly written by an Author who is also a cancer survivor.
The beautiful illustrations shines a light and an air of positivity that is uplifting in what could have been a sad book.
“Things don’t always go as expected” is the theme throughout the story. It walks us through the announcement of a mother with cancer, the stages of her treatment, the emotions involved and the way in which her family handles it.
As an avid gardener, I loved the co-relation between the various stages of cancer and the seasons of their garden. This book is more realistic and uplifting than sad, it’s about a family doing something positive together while in the midst of a tough situation.
Reading this will help children understand more about cancer but can also help children of families facing other devastating illnesses as well. I was cheering the family on from start to finish, and without giving it away I can say that I was thrilled to discover that there was indeed a happy ending.
One winter day, Mom and Dad tell Janie and Jeffrey that Mom has cancer. Soon the whole family goes to the doctor to ask questions.
“Is Mom better yet?” Jeffrey asks.”Not yet,” the doctor says. “Not yet,” the doctor says, “But we’re working very hard to make her better – probably by pumpkin time.”
That gives Janie an idea: to plant a vegetable garden.
As the garden grows, Moms treatment progresses, and when it’s all done, there are healthy pumpkins and a recovering mom!
School’s back in session and my volunteer duties at the school have resumed. Now that I’m back in the library it’s the perfect time to resume the book of the month posts.
It’s ADHD awareness month so it’s only fitting that September’s book of the month is “Drumroll please”
The survival guide for kids with ADD or ADHD by John F. Taylor, Ph.D.
While stacking books in the library, this book caught my eye. It’s red binding literally pops out amongst the other books and boy was it a great find.
This survival guide is a must read for kids, it’s interesting and written in a way that will make sense to any age group. I borrowed it from the library to gain insight into my sons world and to coax him to reading it. It’s full of great advice including being upfront and descriptive with your doctor when asked if a particular course of treatment is effective or not.
How to take responsibility and dealing with the ramifications of your actions. Learning how to compromise with the other family members and positive ways of dealing with situations. It teaches without preaching and has too many AHA moments to count.
This gem not only benefits the child with ADHD but it helps bring the other siblings and adults in the household into their world as well. Understanding is half the battle so if you have or know someone with ADHD, then this book is the one to read.
My other post at Midlife mum on Living with my ADHD child is worth the read.
The Grendel’s Great Escape children’s digital story is an adventure for all kids inspired by an ADHD child.
This Summer has been a busy one with the launch of my new Monster Jam children’s app and the soon to be published Picture book. It’s been a fun ride developing this epic Rock & Roll story with my musical sons, the amazing illustrator Vic Guiza, and the good folks at Dragon Pencil book publishing & App builders.
As the band takes center stage, the reviews are coming in. Some good & others amazing. Many of us are visual people who love to be entertained so I find u-tube video review/demo’s to be very effective in reaching the intended audience.
As always I want to know what you think. Please let me know if you find this review informative & effective.
Gotta watch: Here is an awesome video demo by Crazy Mike
As back to school season looms around the corner, and I get my youngest son ready for 4th grade, I realize it’s time. Time to get back to my picture book of the month posts. Sadly my sons have moved on from picture books but thankfully I haven’t and never will.
I’m a print designer by day and a children’s writer during every waking and dreaming moment. My Head is Full of Colors is the book that flipped the switch for me. It was because the Author was telling my story and the illustrator drew everything that was in my head as a child. It’s the story of every child whose mind is wide open to the wonders of the world around them.
The story this book tells about a creative and imaginative little girl is wonderful. The mother is wonderfully supportive & embraces the fact that her daughter sees things differently. Maybe one day i’ll have the privilege of meeting this Author or illustrator. I hope this book is still in stores, if not it can be found online at Amazon.
Drop a comment if you’ve read this book or share a book that left a strong impression that you could identify with.