MC Plays Hide and Seek: An Empowering Story for Healthy Children Who Care About a Person Living with Cancer by Eva Grayzel
Category: Children's Fiction (Ages 3-7), 64 pages
Genre: Children's Picture Book | Content Rating: G for everyone.
Publisher: Mascot Books | Release date: Jan 5, 2021
Tour dates: Jan 5 to Feb 1, 2021
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.
Buy the Book: Amazon.com ~ Eva Grayzel ~ B&N
REVIEW by LAWonder10:
Cancer is so widespread and is devastating. It drastically disrupts lives and often, the impact it has on young children is overlooked. Author, Eva Grayzel, has creatively found a way to address the emotions and confusion young children may feel with this informative, fun picture book. This is a colorful book, beginning like a fun activity story, then eases in to a description of the cancer cell and the various types of doctors one may go to... doctors who "Seek" out what is "Hiding". It is also a great book in preparing a child before going to the various types of doctors to alleviate "fear of the unknown".
I also, highly recommend the authors Blog-site which is very interesting and informative in effectively using this book.
My only negative thought is, it never really stated what the "M" in the title stood for while stating what the "C." stood for. Also, it still felt a little vague, while using difficult terms for the different types of doctors. The rest of the book wording was perfect for the age group.
I offer a Four Stars rating
*This book was gifted me with no pressure for a positive review.
How To Jump-start The Cancer Talk With Children By Naming Emotions
- When cancer comes around and uproots routines, new and unfamiliar emotions are triggered. Children are not equipped to say how they feel so they act out. Every action is a result of an emotion. The sooner the emotion is named, validated and discussed, the easier life will be for everyone.
Children can have many different emotions that include: fear, anxiety, confusion, frustration, anger, jealousy, resentment, guilt, sadness and grief over the loss of their ‘normal ’life. There is no way to ‘fix’ the emotions a child feels when someone they love has cancer. However, there are steps you can take to help children cope. Dull the feeling by naming it. Ask: • Do you feel sad because I am sick? • Do you feel jealous that other kids don’t have to deal with a sick parent and you do? • Do you feel angry that I don’t have the energy to do things with you? • What is frustrating you right now? • Are you mad at me for being sick? • Are you confused about what might happen to me? Remind your child their feelings matter. It’s okay to feel the way they do. Let them know you understand their feelings. Reassure them it is not their fault that you are sick. Guarantee them you are doing your best to get better.
There are resources to help. M.C. Plays Hide & Seek is a 5-star rated book to help children understand what cancer is, the roles doctors play, the feelings children experience, and ways to make a difference.
If you make a post about the book, Eva will send you Mr. C The Globetrotter, the first book in the series! Emotions are like a filter on a camera lens — they affect how we see the world. Your child may be scared you will die when in reality the chances are slim. If the fear is never named, validated, and discussed, they will live in constant and debilitating fear. Talking about emotions helps children see their world clearly and understand it as best they can for their age. You got this!
Mr. C the Globetrotter
Meet Mr. C, a cancer cell, up close and personal, as he visits countries around the globe. He introduces readers to children who have a family member with cancer. Each child shares his or her name, it s meaning, and how they ve been coping since Mr. C came to visit. Readers are empowered with ways to help themselves and others. Don t hide a cancer diagnosis from children - seek out the Talk4Hope Family Book Series!
Meet the Author:
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.
connect with the author: website ~ twitter ~facebook ~ pinterest ~ instagram
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