Teaching tough and scary topics to children, especially to the very young, is not easy. Dealing with Cancer is a sad reality that many families have to face and explaining it to little children can be very difficult--and hard to do without creating a Monster of Fear. Cancer is a C Word will help families and schools to introduce the concept of Cancer to little ones, specifically to early primary-aged children, in a very simple way that is easy for them to understand. At the same time, the book also focuses on the positive aspects by demonstrating that there are other C words linked to Cancer that have an uplifting effect, such as Caring, Community, Cuddling, and Companionship. With beautifully illustrated full-colour pages that will appeal to children, Cancer is a C Word is an informative picture book for children that answers some tough questions, while conveying an overall comforting and positive message.
Aside from being a writer, Sunita is also an experienced elementary school teacher in Toronto, Ontario. For almost 2 decades, she has taught from Kindergarten to Grade 2 and has even served as school librarian, so she is well versed in what makes for an enjoyable read for the little ones. She also believes in the importance of educating these same little ones on serious subject matters in a meaningful way that is easy for them to understand.
Cody Andreasen is a teacher and artist from Calgary, Alberta. Cody attended the Alberta University of the Arts (formerly ACAD) where he received a BFA in Drawing and the University of Calgary where he received a Bachelor of Education degree. Cody enjoys working in a variety of visual styles including comic books and (recently) puppets. In addition to his art, Cody enjoys making other things, such as his four children whom he created in close collaboration with his wife.
But how do people get this word that starts with a C?Wait a minute! Can they spread their cancer to me?!. ..This is a lot of information, but please don't worry. Instead, let us tell you of some other words that also start with C. There is a special one called community. ...Cooking is another C word and a good way to help boost someone's mood. If someone is feeling sick you can help by bringing their family some food. Coming together also starts with C and is so important, son. Making sure people know you are there for them, they are not alone and not the only one.
A young boy learns about cancer [and] keeps hearing an unfamiliar word that starts with the letter. The touching twist is that the family goes on to gather other words that start with C that can help someone struggling with cancer, such as community and cuddling. The patients are also all different ages and races, stamping out any stereotypical ideas. This gentle educational primer on a tough topic pushes through fear and lands on love.
- Kirkus Reviews
Cancer is a 'C' Word invites readers, young and old, to discover the many other 'C' words that support wellness. Community, Caring and Coming Together come alive in images that celebrate diversity. A sensitive, helpful book.
- Tracy Myers, Children's Counsellor
This book is not only a much needed educational tool, it also tells a story that is very relatable to many. The author helps guide a challenging conversation within families and does so in such an age-appropriate manner. She strikes a balance between giving readers enough information to digest a difficult topic, while simultaneously providing them with reassurance and focusing on the positive.
- Muzna Ahmad, MD
As a school teacher/librarian, I appreciate the diversity of families/individuals used to convey the story. Author, Sunita Pal, explains a scary topic and gives children an uplifting message.
- Leslie Bell, teacher/librarian
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