Parents going through chemo often struggle to explain their alopecia (hair loss) to their young children. The rhyming verse in Nowhere Hair offers a healing conversation-starter that is both whimsical and profound.
Sue Glader's book for children ages 3-7 years old presents a simple story about a young girl who is trying to find out what happened to her mother's curly hair. Supported by wonderfully whimsical water-color illustrations by Edith Buenen, Glader succeeds at offering parent's a simple way to explain the unwanted change in appearance:
The day I asked her where it went
she had a simple answer.
"I'm bald because of medicine
I take to cure my cancer."
Like the hair on a parent's head, the storyline caps Glader's efforts to ease the way into more complex and emotionally charged issues, such as a parent's moodiness and low energy as well as the non-contagious nature of cancer and the fears this illness stirs.
We don't get to the park as much.
Mom likes the couch a lot.
Still even when she kisses me,
I can't catch what she's got.
Bravo! And thank you, Sue, for adding this tool for parents who want to help their children cope with this difficult change in healthy, hopeful ways.
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