In Mommy's Garden - A Book to Help Explain Cancer to Young Children
In Mommy's Garden - A Book to Help Explain Cancer to Young Children
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In Mommy's Garden - A Book to Help Explain Cancer to Young Children

"My daughter was five when I was diagnosed. I tried to get my hands on anything and everything to read. I did for myself, but I couldn't find anything for her... So yes, absolutely! It would have been extremely useful to have a book like this."

- K.S.
Cancer Survivor

"I liked that you couldn't tell if it was a White girl, Hispanic girl, Asian girl, or Black girl. I think it could be used by anyone of any race."

- C.S.
Cancer Survivor

 
In Mommy's Garden - A Book to Help Explain Cancer to Young Children
In Mommy's Garden - A Book to Help Explain Cancer to Young Children In Mommy's Garden - A Book to Help Explain Cancer to Young Children
About the Book
In Mommy's Garden - A Book to Help Explain Cancer to Young Children
In Mommy's Garden - A Book to Help Explain Cancer to Young Children In Mommy's Garden - A Book to Help Explain Cancer to Young Children  

A cancer diagnosis is a difficult and frightening experience for anyone. But when a parent is diagnosed, the anxiety he or she feels about knowing what to tell their children can be overwhelming. Parents with young children are often reluctant to discuss a diagnosis with their children because they are at a loss about what information should be given to them, as well as how much they should be told. Unfortunately the literature and resources available for parents to use as tools for discussing cancer are scarce, particularly culturally appropriate materials.

What is In Mommy’s Garden?
In Mommy’s Garden is a book that can be used to educate young children on the concept of cancer. It is a 34-page book with 17 pages of text, 15 pages of illustrations, and two pages of art activities.

English and Spanish Versions Available

The text in the book is simple and the sentences are short. The characters in the illustrations were created with multicultural skin tones and without faces. This was done so children can easily identify with the characters regardless of their race and they can imagine their loved one’s face in place of the faceless character. The plot of the story revolves around the narration of a little girl whose mother has cancer. She talks about how her mom explained cancer to her by comparing weeds in a garden to cancer cells in the human body. The book also touches upon concerns of children including fear of it being contagious and the child’s emotions when the mother’s weakness from her medical treatments makes her unable to play with her daughter.

 
In Mommy's Garden - A Book to Help Explain Cancer to Young Children
 

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