A cancer diagnosis is a difficult one-whether it affects you personally or affects someone you love. When this illness strikes a parent, it can be especially difficult for a child, of really any age, to understand and process. Mama's Knight by Aurora Whittett offers help and guidance to children (and families) facing life with cancer.
About the Book
Once upon a time . . . It’s how all heroes begin their story, and you’re a hero, too! Your mama has cancer, and it’s a scary journey, but you can help your mama just by being you—special, wonderful, YOU. Your mama loves you just the way you are. You are your mama’s knight.
Mama’s Knight: A Cancer Story of Love is an emotional toolbox that can help kids and parents communicate about what it means for Mama to have cancer. The book is filled with tools and activities designed to make coping with illness easier on both parent and child, and can be personalized for each child.
Mama's Knight helps parents find the right words. Sometimes, parents simply don't realize just how much children understand at even young ages. Sometimes, parents are just not sure how to talk about certain subjects--especially the illness of a parent or close family member or friend. This book helps parents find the right words to talk to their children about some of the many aspects of cancer and cancer treatment--and the health and symptoms of the sick parent. The book may be a good starting point to begin the difficult conversation about what the family may expect as Mom faces cancer--and it is also one to revisit again and again throughout the cancer fight .
Mama's Knight is a combination storybook / activity book / memory book. When I initially agreed to review this book; I was expecting a storybook that simply discussed cancer at a child's level to offer coping ideas and an understanding. This book is SO much more than that. Every page is open for personalization--in Mom's writing--so that she can share her personal feelings and address her family's unique personal needs. Family dynamics vary greatly from family to family--and Mom's role may be very different as well. This book lets Mom (and the family) create their own memory book--essentially their personal cancer story of love--through all of the personal writing prompts and activities.
Would I recommend Mama's Knight by Aurora Whittet? There are many books available to explain a cancer diagnosis to children--but, I have not seen one quite like this before. This book isn't meant to tell a story of coping and survival--it's meant to help the family create their own story. It's a great guide through the ups and downs of cancer--and offers very well rounded guidance toward explaining some of the whys and hows and addressing the needs of children during the cancer survival journey. While parents worry so often about helping their children through these life events--this book also reminds us that children want to help Mom feel better. They want ways to help Mom be a healthy, active Mom again. I would certainly recommend this book to any family with young children facing a parent's cancer diagnosis. This book is geared toward a Mom suffering from cancer--and I would love to see it developed for Dads or other family members or friends. I think it's a wonderful book to help families during a very difficult time.
Buy the Book: Amazon / Author's Website
Meet the Author
Aurora Whittet started out as a wild red-haired girl in Minnesota dreaming up stories for her friends to read. Today, she has completed Bloodmark, Bloodrealms, and Bloodmoon of the Bloodmark Saga trilogy and started her journey into children’s books with Mama’s Knight in honor of her own mother who lost her battle with cancer. She’s a national award-winning graphic designer and birth doula in her day jobs. Aurora lives with her family in Minnesota.
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