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YOU ARE THE BEST MEDICINE

Author: Julie Aigner Clark

Illustrator: Jana Christy

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Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers, 2010

Material: hard cover

Summary: A mother who is undergoing chemo or radiation explains her cancer to her daughter. This is a picture book that is meant to help children understand cancer.

Type of Reading: family reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 5 to 10; read yourself: 8 to 12

Interest Level: 5 to 9

Reading Level: 3.8

Age of Child: Read with a 4-year-old girl.

Young Reader Reaction: My daughter thought the book was sweet but she grew increasingly more concerned for the mother as she described the various side effects of her treatment.

Adult Reader Reaction: I think this book is incredibly appropriate for children who have a parent living with cancer. However, it was not appropriate for my family. My 4 year old is a little too young to understand what cancer is but that didn't keep her from asking questions. I cried while reading the book.

Pros: This book appropriately explains to children what to expect when their parents have cancer.

Cons: If a child is not living with the reality of cancer in their lives, then this book is not for them. Parents may also want to read this before sharing with their children to know what questions to anticipate.

Borrow or Buy: Buy. I would buy this book for a fellow mom friend if she was diagnosed with cancer and wasn't sure how to talk to her children about it.

If You Liked This Book, Try: THE GREAT KATIE KATE TACKLES QUESTIONS ABOUT CANCER   ALEX AND THE AMAZING LEMONADE STAND   THE JESTER HAS LOST HIS JINGLE

Educational Themes: This is a book that can help explain cancer treatment and its effects, but also create an opportunity to answer questions about feelings for parent and child, as well.

Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, health, family

Date(s) Reviewed: February 2016

Other Reviews: See Critics' Reviews and reader feedback at amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com.




                 

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