My Book About Cancer
Developed by Rebecca C. Schmidt, M.Ed.
Oncology Nursing Society, 2003, 54 pages
ISBN: 1890504335: Mother ISBN: 189050436X: Father
Ages 3 to 8
This workbook for children, created by the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS), is available in two versions - one for the child whose mother has cancer and one for the child whose father has the disease. It provides an avenue for young people to explore their thoughts and feelings about the cancer of a parent. Children are supported to create and discuss their own book of experiences. With the help of parents, grandparents and other loved ones, children can identify their feelings, apprehensions, fears and concerns as the family progresses through diagnosis and treatment. Developed as well for use by helping professionals.
For more information: www.ons.org
Why, Charlie Brown, Why: A Story About What Happens When a Friend Is Very Ill
By Charles M. Schulz, Foreward by Paul Newman
Ballantine Books, 1990, 64 pages
Ages 4 to 8
When Janice, Linus' 8-year-old friend, is diagnosed with leukemia, the Peanuts characters respond with compassion. Charles Schulz tells of the effects that Janice's illness has on her family, her classmates and her friends. With simplicity and honesty, the story dispels myths and can be used to help the child return to class following cancer treatment. Video and DVD in English and Spanish is available free. To order, call an information specialist at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society at (800) 955-4572.