ABOUT THE BOOK
Written by Phyllis Schwartz
Illustrated by Siski Kalla
Ages 4+ | 38 Pages
Publisher: Acorn Publishing | ISBN-13: 9798885280143
Publisher’s Book Summary: When Mom, one day, came home and said, “I think I better get in bed”
It was up to us to get together
As a team so she’d feel better
We came up with all sorts of things to do
Because “when mom feels great then we do too!”
This positive portrayal of a family supporting Mom as she recovers from an illness shows how even kids can help out and make Mom feel great. The text does not specify what sort of sickness Mom is fighting, but we know that doctors “took out some bumps.” (The dedication mentions three cancer fights, which inspired the book.) Being quiet around the house while Mom is resting, helping with chores like making beds or weeding the yard, even creating funny videos to cheer her up are all great ideas that anyone can do for a sick family member. One evening the kids and their father make Mom’s favorite dinner - wieners and asparagus. The author has included the recipe at the back of the book for anyone who would like to try it out at home. This is an uplifting book that shows how family and friends can rally around someone dealing with a serious medical issue. If you know a child who has this type of situation in their life, this is the perfect story to share with them and help them understand how they can help. It shows that their loved one may need more rest than usual, help from doctors, and plenty of affection - but that they will appreciate the care and love the child gives them.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Phyllis Schwartz is a married mother of two, who, after a highly successful career in the TV news business, finally has the luxury to indulge in and focus on her “civilian” writing. Even as a kid, she kept a diary and wrote little stories and poems, a creative release that continued well into adulthood. She wrote news by day and poetry by night. And despite battling three different types of cancer over more than three decades, she is still filled with energy, joy, and optimism, and she looks forward to writing more poetry and children’s books.
Her writing centers on the beauty she finds daily: Her friends, husband, and two children, as well as her garden and her beautiful beach town residence in dreamy Encinitas, provide continued inspiration for her verse.