Once upon a time . . . It’s how all heroes begin their story, and you’re a hero, too! Your mama has cancer, and it’s a scary journey, but you can help your mama just by being you—special, wonderful, YOU. Your mama loves you just the way you are. You are your mama’s knight.
Mama’s Knight: A Cancer Story of Love is an emotional toolbox that can help kids and parents communicate about what it means for Mama to have cancer. The book is filled with tools and activities designed to make coping with illness easier on both parent and child, and can be personalized for each child.
My interest in reading this book is because I have known so many people fighting cancer including my cousin-in-law. Several of the people I know have young children and frankly, it is scary enough for an adult, but for a child it is almost too much. Kids are curious and as with many things in life, I think it is great to have books that help explain things on a child's level.
This book puts the explaining cancer and its symptoms in very simple terms, to me almost too simple, but then again, it is hard to explain to anyone much less a kid. This book is not written though to share, this is written to personalize to an individual child. For example, there is a page that has activities that could be done by a "helper" when Mom is too sick. Yet, another has a page for photos of fun times together when Mom could do things with an individual child. There are very few pages to actually explain the illness itself. In essence, this book really is more of a self-help book.
The illustrations are minimal and okay but not overly fantastic.
Overall, the book is intended to be an individuals love for her child and to help her child through what Mom is going through and for that it is great! As a book for children in mass, it is just okay.
3 stars from me.
Disclosure: This book was given to me from the author. I was not required to leave a review but the opinions here are 100% my own and may differ from yours. ~Naila Moon
Where to find the author:
Aurora Whittet started out as a wild red-haired girl in Minnesota dreaming up stories for her friends to read. Today, she has completed Bloodmark, Bloodrealms, and Bloodmoon of the Bloodmark Saga trilogy and started her journey into children’s books with Mama’s Knight in honor of her own mother who lost her battle with cancer. She’s a national award-winning graphic designer and birth doula in her day jobs. Aurora lives with her family in Minnesota.