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Reviewed by Michelle Robertson for Readers' Favorite
Susie finds out her mommy has cancer. Susie is not sure what that means exactly so she goes to her grandmother to seek out the answer. Susie asks her grandmother a few questions about cancer such as what it is; does it make a person sick; will the person die? Her grandmother does her best to answer all of Susie's questions in a calm and comforting way. Will Susie be able to understand what her mom is going through, and will she be able to help her at all?
Grandma, What's Cancer? written and illustrated by Mary Jo Prado is a unique children's pictorial book introducing young readers to the concept of cancer. Through the author's own personal experiences with the story's subject - cancer - she has written a light-hearted, compassionate book to help young children comprehend what their loved ones might have to go through when they have been diagnosed with cancer. The author turns a very scary, uncomfortable subject into a way to have a comprehensible, comfortable conversation with a young child to ensure they are fully knowledgeable and mentally ready for what their loved one will go through. Susie asks her grandmother questions that most children would want to know when faced with the subject. Each answer provided is carefully expressed in a calm and comforting manner, so as not to frighten young readers, but make them aware. The book touched my heart greatly, and will touch those of readers who know anyone who has experienced the word 'cancer' in any way.