This story reflects the feelings of the author as she and her family face a life threatening illness. Bryande shares feelings and emotions of fear, encouragement, warmth, determination and love through simple words and illustrations. The message it sends is strong as it shows support and love can overcome fear and despair. This book appeals to anyone in need of support and encouragement.
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This book was written as a gift to my mom for mother's day. My mom was diagnosed with breast cancer (the Monster) in 1991. As an eight-year-old child I did not fully realize the seriousness of this illness. I only knew it had the potential of taking my mom away. Now fourteen years later, as an adult, I have formulated my thoughts and memories of this illness that affects so many. Monsters who appear in a multitude of ways challenge many of us, but this experience with my mom has taught my family and, hopefully others, that the Monster can be fought with grace and resilience. I encourage parents with children in similar situations who have fought or are fighting Monsters of their own, to have hope, courage and strength. I hope this book can shed some light on what a child's perspective is in dealing with traumatic life events.Review:
"Mommy vs. the Monster is an inspiring and fun book. Its delightful story and pictures will be a source of strength to all women fighting breast cancer. Women will see themselves as the triumphant heroes in their own tale." --James Dongweck - Author - The Dragon Cant
"Mommy vs. the Monster is a terrific resource for children coping with a variety of emotional issues associated with traumatic life events. Although it is intended to aid the understanding of children of parents with breast cancer, it can prove to be a beneficial developmental tool for parents in other areas as well." --Dr. Harold A. Litardo - PhD Psychology
"Very heartwarming and encouraging to me as a survivor - great illustrations" --Marge - breast cancer survivor
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