Teaching tough and scary topics to children, especially to the very young, is not easy. Dealing with Cancer is a sad reality that many families have to face and explaining it to little children can be very difficult--and hard to do without creating a Monster of Fear. Cancer is a C Word will help families and schools to introduce the concept of Cancer to little ones, specifically to early primary-aged children, in a very simple way that is easy for them to understand. At the same time, the book also focuses on the positive aspects by demonstrating that there are other C words linked to Cancer that have an uplifting effect, such as Caring, Community, Cuddling, and Companionship. With beautifully illustrated full-colour pages that will appeal to children, Cancer is a C Word is an informative picture book for children that answers some tough questions, while conveying an overall comforting and positive message.
A young boy learns about cancer [and] keeps hearing an unfamiliar word that starts with the letter. The touching twist is that the family goes on to gather other words that start with C that can help someone struggling with cancer, such as community and cuddling. The patients are also all different ages and races, stamping out any stereotypical ideas. This gentle educational primer on a tough topic pushes through fear and lands on love.
- Kirkus Reviews
Cancer is a 'C' Word invites readers, young and old, to discover the many other 'C' words that support wellness. Community, Caring and Coming Together come alive in images that celebrate diversity. A sensitive, helpful book.
- Tracy Myers, Children's Counsellor
This book is not only a much needed educational tool, it also tells a story that is very relatable to many. The author helps guide a challenging conversation within families and does so in such an age-appropriate manner. She strikes a balance between giving readers enough information to digest a difficult topic, while simultaneously providing them with reassurance and focusing on the positive.
- Muzna Ahmad, MD
As a school teacher/librarian, I appreciate the diversity of families/individuals used to convey the story. Author, Sunita Pal, explains a scary topic and gives children an uplifting message.
- Leslie Bell, teacher/librarian