Book Title: MC Plays Hide and Seek: An Empowering Story for Healthy Children Who Care About a Person Living with Cancer by Eva Grayzel
Category: Children’s Fiction (Ages 3-7), 64 pages
Genre: Children’s Picture Book
Publisher: Mascot Books
Release date: Jan 5, 2021
Tour dates: Jan 5 to Feb 1, 2021
M.C. is a cancer cell who shares just enough information about the nature of the disease to promote dialogue and minimize fear. The scary part of cancer is the unknown. Learn about doctors who look for cancer. Understand feelings children experience and learn ways to cope. Empower children with knowledge and how to make a difference. M.C. Plays Hide & Seek strengthens communication and builds emotional health.
When I initially went through the excerpt of this book, my first thoughts were why will parents like to expose their little children to something as dangerous as cancer talking about it and generate a fright in the little ones’ minds. And, then I read the author’s story of her fight with cancer and the toll her illness took over her 5 and 7-year-old children who were deeply scared of losing her. Her survival story and her intent behind creating this book made me realize my ignorance.
MC Plays Hide and Seek attempts to generate a vital dialogue with the children around cancer. The book educates how a cancer cell starts small staying undetected in the body until it grows big enough in a child-friendly manner. The cancer cell M.C (Mr. Cancer or Ms. Cancer, howsoever the reader might prefer to call it) is illustrated as a bluish-green cartoon character. I have a neutral feeling about it. Does it look cute or ugly? I can’t say. Children also get to know about the various specialist doctors who work for finding and treating cancer in different parts of the human body. I believe the names such as radiologist, gynaecologist, oncologist, etc are too big words for the children to wrap their head around.
The part which I liked most is when the author mentions while cancer cannot be shared with anyone, what can be shared are the feelings around it. She enumerates many ways how children can express their emotions with adults. Expressing is of utmost importance.
At the end of the book, there is a quick reference guide for adults and children.
This book deserves applause and is worth a read because it emphasizes why it is important to tell children about cancer. It can serve as a friendly guide especially in families where a parent or a loved one is suffering from cancer.
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Here is the guest post from the author of MC Plays Hide And Seek, Eva Grayzel –
How To Respond To Acting Out When A Family Member Has Cancer
Family dynamics change when someone in your home has cancer. Children often don’t know how to talk about their feelings so they act out. Every child is different, but common and normal responses can include:
- Being moody, irritable and demanding
- Increased anxiety about leaving home
- Withdrawing from family and friends
- Acting ‘babyish’ or using baby language
- Headaches, stomachaches or bedwetting
- Having trouble sleeping and/or bad dreams
- Performing poorly in school with difficulty focussing
Children are expressing their feelings by ‘acting out.’ At the root of these challenging behaviors is an emotion. Just as a puppy doesn’t purposely provoke you by chewing up the sofa, your child’s behavior comes as a natural expression of their internal state of mind.
It’s easy to bark at them: “Stop it!” “Not again!” It’s much harder to understand them. Remember, children are mirrors. When you bark, they bark and everyone is chasing tail.
Your child is probably feeling worried, scared, frustrated, confused, and/or sad. They want to be in control of their behaviors but these feelings uproot the status quo. M.C. Plays Hide & Seek is a book you can read together that addresses the many feelings children experience and how to cope with those emotions.
Acting out is a way to gain some control over their lives. They can’t control how home life has changed due to cancer, but there are ways to help them cope with the changes and how it makes them feel.
Here are some ideas for how to respond to acting-out:
- Identify an emotion they feel. If you need a resource, try M.C. Plays Hide & Seek, a children’s book that explains what cancer is, the role doctors play, the feelings children experience, and ways to make a difference.
- Validate the feeling by saying, ‘I can see how you would feel this way.’
- Ask. ‘Does this have something to do with me having cancer?’
- Be honest and positive. “I’m trying my best to get better. The treatment is making it hard for me to do what I used to do. The more I rest, the faster I will recover.”
- Suggest you will try to do something special together and you hope they will try to control the undesirable behavior.
- Reward positive behavior.
If your child is afraid of monsters, you might walk into every closet corner with a flashlight to show them there are no monsters. If your child is afraid of you being sick, and possibly dying, shine a light on all the positive and beautiful parts of your life that exist even though you are dealing with cancer.
Meet the Author:
Eva Grayzel is a motivational speaker, storyteller, and cancer survivor. When her children were five and seven years old, she was diagnosed with cancer. Their fear of losing her was deep, real, and suppressed. When she got a second chance at life, she created the Talk4Hope book series to help children understand cancer and make it less scary.
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This book review is a part of the Book Tour organized by iRead Book Tours.
I recieved a pdf copy of the book in exchange of an honest review.