Encountering Illness

5 Books for Ages 4-8

Sometimes illnesses aren’t visible or easy to understand.. especially for developing minds. 

This pack covers topics such as, mental health, dementia, cancer, and strokes, in an engaging and sensitive way.

Whether a child has cancer themselves, has a parent struggling with mental health, or has seen their Grandparent change in unexpected ways, this pack will help parents and teachers open a dialogue and build understanding. 


Pack Contents:

The Pear of Hope – Childhood Illness/Cancer (Download Teacher’s Notes)

Cookie – Childhood Mental Illness & Support Animals (Download Teacher’s Notes)

Finding Granny – Stroke (Download Teacher’s Notes)

Grandma Forgets – Dementia  (Download Teacher’s Notes)

Together Things – Parent with a Mental Illness (Download Teacher’s Notes)

The Pear of Hope

SPECIFICATIONS: 9781925820867 | Hardback | 215 x 288mm / 8.5 x 11.25in | 32 pages | Full Colour

Pear of Hope is the story of a little girl with cancer and her tale of recovery. This is intertwined with the growth of a pear tree, which symbolises the enigmatic concept of hope. Told through sensitive words and gentle, beautiful illustrations, the story will comfort and inspire any children who are struggling to feel positive, whatever journey they may be on. It is a vibrant reminder of the beauty of the world around us and of the fact that, like Anna, with hope you can face any battle!


Cookie

SPECIFICATIONS: 9781925820959 | Hardback | 245 x 255mm / 9.5 x 10in | 32 Pages | Full Colour

Cookie loves Girl more than anything – even chasing balls and smelling smells! Sometimes Girl is too sad to play with Cookie, but that’s okay because Cookie is good at sad. You can lick it off, you know.

With beautiful words and playful illustrations, Cookie is both a heart-warming tale about the love between a dog and their person, and a sensitive exploration of depression and anxiety. From dog-lovers to children who share Girl’s feelings, everyone can learn something from this inseparable pair.


Finding Granny

SPECIFICATIONS: Hardback | 245 x 255 | 9½ x 10 Inches | Colour | 32 Pages |

Every two seconds, someone in the world suffers a stroke. In Finding Granny, that someone is Edie’s beloved grandmother. When Edie comes to the hospital, she is confronted by the physical changes in her grandmother: muddled words, a crooked face, a woman confined to bed. This isn’t the ‘playtime, bedtime, story-time pantomime Granny’ that Edie knows. ‘That’s not my Granny,’ she says, as she waits outside in the corridor during her mother’s visits. But when her mother takes Edie to watch one of Granny’s art therapy sessions, Edie starts to understand that the Granny she loves is still there.


Grandma Forgets

SPECIFICATIONS: Hardcover | 245 x 255 mm / 9½ x 10 Inches | Colour | 24 Pages

Grandma Forgets is the heart-warming story of a family bound by love as they cope with their grandma’s dementia. Over the years, the little girl has built up a treasure trove of memories of time spent with Grandma: sausages for Sunday lunch, driving in her sky-blue car to the beach, climbing her apple trees while she baked a delicious apple pie, and her comforting hugs during wild storms.

But now, Grandma can’t remember those memories. She makes up new rules for old games and often hides Dad’s keys. This is a warm, hopeful story about a family who sometimes needs to remind their grandmother a little more often than they used to about how much they care. She might not remember any of their names but she will always know how much she is loved.


Together Things

SPECIFICATIONS: 9781925820294 | Hardback | 245 x 255 mm / 9.5 x 10 inches | 32 Pages | Colour

Her mother says you can’t see her daddy’s hurt because it’s inside his head …

One in five adults experiences depression in their lifetime, but young children are often left in the dark when their mother or father suddenly can’t play like they used to.

Together Things helps young children to understand that, while it is okay for them to feel mad or sad about this, sometimes they must do different things together while their parent focuses on their mental health and getting better.

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