FICTION

When a Kid Like Me Fights Cancer

Albert Whitman. Sept. 2019. 32p. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780807563915.
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PreS-Gr 1–Stier presents a realistic portrayal of a young child diagnosed with cancer. After reviewing his treatment plan with his parents and physician, he learns cancer isn’t his fault, that it isn’t contagious, and that something inside his body is wrong. The community has a picnic to raise funds for cancer research. At the conclusion of the story, the narrator learns that he has ample emotional support from his family, the medical community, classmates, friends, and his hometown. Colorful get-well cards are presented throughout the book. The author approaches the topic of cancer diagnosis in a gentle way. Chang’s colorful, conceptual, stylized illustrations are heartfelt and complement the text. Pair with Janna Matthies’s The Goodbye Cancer Garden, Vanessa Bayer’s How Do you Care for a Very Sick Bear?, and Beverlye Hyman Fead and Tessa Mae Hamermesh’s Nana, What’s Cancer?. 
VERDICT An indispensable tool for parents and caregivers grappling with pediatric cancer, and a solid addition for most collections.

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