Marvellous Macey, The Delightful Days by Caitlin Bangsund
Category: Children's Fiction (Ages 3-8), 40 pages
Genre: Children's Picture Book
Publisher: Caitlin E. Bangsund
Release date: March 2021
Tour dates: Mar 1 to Mar 28, 2021
Content Rating: G. This children's book is for everyone.
Can you va va voom? Do you light up the room? Marvellous Macey does! She may not quite fit the mould, but she is living delightful days. Embrace Macey's world of imagination and ability to love and accept everyone. Life may not be perfect and some things might be hard, but Macey shows us how to live in the moment and find the delight! Be inspired by Macey to make everyday the BEST day.
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REVIEW by LAWonder10:
This is a very cute story which is sure to entertain most toddlers or very early elementary age children.
This is a fictionalized true story about Macey, who has found joy in a difficult world. She has issues not brought out clearly in the story. I feel it would have appealed to more individuals if further detail was shared.
The author cleverly added the enticement of finding a certain creature easily found on the various pages.
The illustrator, Csonger Veres, did a delightful job in creating colorful, pleasing illustrations. There was a certain charm in the facial expressions.
I offer a Four Stars rating for this book.
*This book was gifted me with no pressure to post a positive review. This is my honest review.
What is the scariest thing that ever happened to you?
In hospital shows there is always a small, windowless room where doctors take people to deliver difficult news. My husband and I were ushered into one of those rooms in real life in November 2016. This was the beginning of facing the scariest thing that ever happened.
Macey, the star of the book, had been admitted to the hospital and was struggling to breathe all night. After attempting to provide oxygen in several different ways the doctors had to intubate her (put her on a ventilator). Even with the ventilator she couldn't get the air she needed.
I was told (along with my husband) that she was so severely ill that there was only one more possible option and that was to put her on life support. There was incredible risk associated with connecting her to this heart and lung bypass machine, and it would result in her being air-lifted to a different city, but it was her last chance of survival.
Macey’s brothers were brought to the hospital so everyone could say goodbye. I didn’t know what Christmas 2016 would look like, but I prayed it would include a miracle.
I was not allowed on the plane with Macey so I drove the 3-hour highway stretch (along with my parents, husband, and his mom) to face the scariest thing - my daughter’s battle to live. There was a day the specialists thought there was no brain activity. To wheel her bed and all the medical equipment for a CT scan was a huge undertaking.
The CT scan would show that there was brain activity, but the doctors were still uncertain as to whether she would make it. There was a lot of sitting, praying, crying, and waiting - endless amounts of waiting. There is no fear like that of wondering whether your sons would lose their sister and your family would be changed forever.
I do feel like I am forever changed because of that experience, but we are so blessed that the story ended with a miracle. Now Macey lives with such exuberance and delight that I had to share her story!
Meet the Author:
Caitlin Bangsund is the author of Marvellous Macey, The Delightful Days. It is the first in a series based on true life. Caitlin knows the trial and trauma of childhood cancer, childhood disability, and the fear of almost losing her daughter — the star of the series — Macey. She encourages readers to look for the treasures that hide in the rubble and gloom. Life is beautiful chaos and her message is to press on and conquer. Read her stories and help create a world that is full of kindness and acceptance.
author links: website ~ facebook ~ instagram ~ goodreads
Here is the tour schedule.
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