Mom and the Polka-Dot Boo-Boo: A Gentle Story Explaining Breast Cancer to a Young Child

Mom and the Polka-Dot Boo-Boo: A Gentle Story Explaining Breast Cancer to a Young Child


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Winner: 2008 National Health Information Award, Gold; 2008 Mom's Choice Award, Gold, Health & Safety ——— An informative and reassuring story, this book helps families talk about breast cancer, gently preparing children for what lies ahead in the weeks and months following their mother’s diagnosis.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780944235874
Publisher: American Cancer Society, Incorporated
Publication date: 07/31/2007
Pages: 24
Sales rank: 810,388
Product dimensions: 8.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 2 - 5 Years

About the Author

Eileen Sutherland and Maggie Sutherland are a mother-daughter author-illustrator team. They live in New Castle, New Hampshire.

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Mom and the Polka-Dot Boo-Boo

A Gentle Story Explaining Breast Cancer to a Young Child

By Maggie Sutherland

American Cancer Society

Copyright © 2007 American Cancer Society
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-60443-149-0


I have some news to share with you, To help you understand. I have a boo-boo in my breast. It is called cancer, and ...

It's like a little polka dot

That neither you nor I can see. It's settled in behind my skin And we need to set it free.

Like a butterfly!

I'm going to have some treatments

To help it disappear. I may take a special medicine That could make me lose my hair.

I might look silly for a time With not much on my head, But you and I will try on hats And fancy wigs instead!

Sometimes you might see me cry

'Cause feeling sick is not much fun. But lots of things will make me smile Like ice cream, ladybugs, and sitting in the sun.

I may feel weak and sleepy For a few days here and there, But then I'll get new energy And I'll chase you everywhere!

When all my treatments finally end

And I'm feeling really great, We'll wave good-bye to the breast boo-boo And go on a special date!

Just you and me.

I love you!


Excerpted from Mom and the Polka-Dot Boo-Boo by Maggie Sutherland. Copyright © 2007 American Cancer Society. Excerpted by permission of American Cancer Society.
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Mom and the Polka-Dot Boo-Boo: A Gentle Story Explaining Breast Cancer to a Young Child 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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MomsChoiceAwards More than 1 year ago
Mom and the Polka-Dot Boo-Boo is a recipient of the prestigious Mom's Choice Award. The Mom’s Choice Awards honors excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. An esteemed panel of judges includes education, media and other experts as well as parents, children, librarians, performing artists, producers, medical and business professionals, authors, scientists and others. A sampling of the panel members includes: Dr. Twila C. Liggett, ten-time Emmy-winner, professor and founder of PBS’s Reading Rainbow; Julie Aigner-Clark, Creator of Baby Einstein and The Safe Side Project; Jodee Blanco, New York Times best-selling Author and; LeAnn Thieman, motivational speaker and coauthor of seven Chicken Soup For The Soul books. Parents and educators look for the Mom’s Choice Awards seal in selecting quality materials and products for children and families.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this book to explain to my five-year old daughter about my recent diagnosis of breast cancer. Although the rhythm of the book is a little off, the story hits the high points of what the surgery and meds will do and ends very sweetly. We have reread it numerous times and I believe it really helped her understand what was going on. I would definitely recommend it to others with young daughters going through this.