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Published by Wise Ink Publishing on October 3rd 2016
Genres: Children, Nonfiction
Source: the author
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.Amazon • Buy the Book •
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.
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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Mama’s Knight: A Cancer Story of Love is a hand-holding journey book for a mother diagnosed with cancer to walk her child through what he/she doesn’t understand about the disease. It is full of pages the mother can fill out about what kind of treatment she’s taking, how it may effect her, and explaining that sometimes she won’t be able to play with the child even though she wants to.
The book also includes a chart where the child (and mother, for that matter) can point out what they are feeling that day; if it’s “Fierce as a Dragon” or “Terrified as a Bug”, and a chart full of activities for the mother and child to do together when she may not be feeling her best.
The illustrations are cute little dragons kids, and moms in watercolors. The characters are also diverse; boys and girls of many ethnic backgrounds portrayed so a child wouldn’t feel left out of the book.
The book does use the words ‘butt’ and ‘farts’, for the parents who try to steer their children away from those words. Also, for mamas with multiple children I can see this being a bit difficult to use even if buying a book per child, because near the end the author states, “you are my favorite” in a paragraph.
Overall, Mama’s Knight: A Cancer Story of Love is a good book for a mother to have along side her as she tries to explain to a small child what she is going through and why. It would also be a great keepsake for the child no matter the outcome of the mother’s battle with cancer.
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