This is a book that no one wants to need, and yet, unfortunately, there is a need for it. I am so appreciative that there are authors considering the hard topics as worthy of investing the time to write a book about.
Children are especially hard to help when there is a family member or friend with cancer. Cancer is a difficult disease and one that is so different in so many people. We have, unfortunately, had to help our children understand cancer for two special people in our lives. I didn’t have this book as we lived through both of these loved one’s fights and losses, and I wish I had.
M.C. Plays Hide & Seek introduces children to cancer through the narrator, M.C. who is a cancer cell. I think that this book does a great job of helping a child understand what cancer is and how it can impact a person’s body. It is written in a way that makes it easy for a child to understand the topic. My kids were connecting some of the discusses symptoms with things that they had seen from their our own loved ones.
This is not a book that I would recommend for any child. I think that until there is a reason to have a conversation about cancer, this book would be difficult for a child to grasp. However, when you have to discuss a loved one’s illness with a child, having this book will aid you. It will help the child to understand what is happening to their body. I also liked that it included ideas on how to react and handle our emotions during this time.
Overall, I think this is a wonderfully written book with a lot of great information for families in a time when they can use all the support available to them.
To Read or Not To Read:
I would recommend M.C. Plays Hide and Seek for children that have a family or friend member with cancer.
Where to Find This Book:
M.C. is a cancer cell who shares just enough information about the nature of the disease to promote dialogue and minimize fear. The scary part of cancer is the unknown. Learn about doctors who look for cancer. Understand feelings children experience and learn ways to cope. Empower children with knowledge and how to make a difference. M.C. Plays Hide & Seek strengthens communication and builds emotional health.
Just the Facts:
M.C. Plays Hide and Seek by Eva Grayzel
Subtitle: An Empowering Story for Healthy Children Who Care About a Person Living with Cancer
Page Count: 64 pages
Publisher: Mascot Books
Pub Date: January 5, 2021
Eva Grayzel is a motivational speaker, storyteller, and cancer survivor. When her children were five and seven years old, she was diagnosed with cancer. Their fear of losing her was deep, real, and suppressed. When she got a second chance at life, she created the Talk4Hope book series to help children understand cancer and make it less scary.
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