A book for brothers & sisters of hospitalized children
by Debbie Duncan
illustrated by Nina Ollikainen, MD
New enhanced version
Hardcover, 40 pages, 8x10, 1994
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40 pages, hardcover, ISBN 978-1-877810-44-2, $15.95, ages 3-12
(WINNER OF BENJAMIN FRANKLIN AWARD FOR PUBLISHING EXCELLENCE: BEST CHILDREN'S PICTURE BOOK)
A special book for all those who care about children who are ill . . . and their families.
Anna's little sister, Molly, has been very ill and had to have an operation. Anna tells us all about the experience -- from her point of view -- in this sensitive book. Anna's story is very special because it was written specifically for the siblings of hospitalized children. The story is moving and rings with authenticity, for author Debbie Duncan based it on her family's personal experiences. Artist Nina Ollikainen's beautiful black and white drawings are accurately detailed and capture the emotional atmosphere of Anna and Molly's tender relationship.
"This true-to-life story captures the reality of how a sibling's illness, hospitalization, and surgery affects family dynamics and the range of emotion - including fear, anger, jealousy, love, and frustration - that siblings of patients often experience. Beautiful black-and-white illustrations" - Contemporary Pediatrics
"A sensitive and involving story ... realistic, full-page drawings are finely rendered and expressive, and effectively reflect the story's mood and events. The hospital details are few but cover the essentials both in text and pictures. The situations discussed can easily be expanded to cover readers' own experiences. This unique offering will be welcomed by stressed relatives who do not want to overlook the emotional needs of siblings during a difficult time." - School Library Journal
"The hospitalization of a child can cause chaos in even the closest of families ... Debbie Duncan offers a story that should help dispel the worry, guilt, loneliness and jealousy experienced by siblings. Duncan tells a tale that covers all the psychological bases while retaining its engaging charm." - Disability Resources Monthly