I have recently read a pediatric cancer children’s book titled, Where’s My Hair? The author is Patti Block. She is from the state of Minnesota which is located in the USA. The illustrator is Swapan Debnath.
This is a very touching story about two childhood friends in which one deals with the life of pediatric cancer and its cancer treatments. The book is a great social story for those who need some words of encouragement or to use as a conversation starter.
Although the author wrote this book when her sister-in-law was diagnosed with breast cancer, Where’s My Hair? talks about cancer as a general term. Any family that deals with any type of cancer would be able to use this social story as a resource to help a family through tough times. Not just the initial tough times, but tough times all the way through chemotherapy and other cancer treatments.
So many times children’s books are not age appropriate reading. Where’s My Hair? is a book that is simple to read–very age appropriate. The words are simply written so it is easy to understand for the young child.
The pictures in this book are so colorful. They are so life like. The details of each picture pop right out at you. You can see the emotions on the faces of each character. Whether it be hurt, sad or concerned the emotions are there for the reader to relate to; possibly starting a discussion on how the child is feeling.
This true to life event book would make a great addition to any personal, professional or public library.
by Terry Boser