A 4-star (out of 4) book review of M.C. Plays Hide & Seek by a young diagnosed with cancer:
“Did you tell your child when you were diagnosed with cancer? My son was 1.5 years old when I was diagnosed, so we chose to not tell him because we thought he wouldn’t understand. Once I started chemo, losing my hair and in bed a lot, we decided to tell him, “Mama’s sick.”
How do you explain cancer to a young child? Won’t it chip away at his innocence? We were told he won’t remember much. During treatment, he became confused, scared and withdrawn from me. It broke my heart.
I wish I’d had this book, M.C. Plays Hide & Seek by Eva Grayzel. It’s a short child-friendly book on how different doctors look for cancer, what they do if they find it, and how children feel when someone they love has cancer. It emphasizes that cancer can’t be passed between people like a virus or cold. The wording is simple, allowing children to read it themselves. The illustrations are also very descriptive and colorful. It’s generic enough that any family member with any cancer type can use it to start a conversation with their child.
I give this book 4 stars (out of 4). It’s one of the best books on the market to explain cancer to kids. I definitely recommend it for parents who want to engage in open conversation with their children about cancer. Thank you Eva!”
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