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'Nana, What's Cancer?' helps teach children about the disease

This children's book, written by Beverlye Hyman Fead and her 11-year-old granddaughter, Tessa Mae Hamermesh, deals with cancer from a child's perspective. In each of the 12 chapters, Tessa asks her grandmother a question, such as "Why are some cancers worse than others?" and "Do children get cancer, too?"

The conversation is real: Tessa Mae has lost three grandparents to cancer, and in 2002, Fead was diagnosed with cancer, which she still lives with.

The book is a helpful vehicle to get parents or grandparents to talk to their kids about the medical and emotional aspects of cancer. It ends with a three-page glossary of cancer-related terms. Proceeds go to the American Cancer Society.

Washington Post

Nana, What's

Cancer? American Cancer Society; $14.95

'Nana, What's Cancer?' helps teach children about the disease 11/20/09 [Last modified: Friday, November 20, 2009 3:30am]
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