Bear Hugging and Cancer Crushing by Anna and Eric Gilcris

“If you or someone you know has been faced with a recent cancer diagnosis, and need to tell a child in a way they will understand, you must read Bear Hugging and Cancer Crushing. Bear Hugging and Cancer Crushing is one family’s personal reflection of their experience with cancer. Rather than bear hugfocus on the medical aspects of cancer, Bear Hugging and Cancer Crushing centers on the relationship between a father and a child as the child learns about his father’s cancer diagnosis. The authors realistically reflect the young child’s experience, specifically presenting the worries and wonderings that children may have when they consider: what does a loved one’s cancer mean for me? This book is written through the eyes of the child and helps understand the diagnosis from their perception.The child thinks of all of the wonderful things Daddy does, like chasing him and singing and going to the park. If Daddy needs more rest, that means he won’t have as much time to do all of those fun things. But the child also learns something very important, something good. There are many things that Daddy will always be able to do. Daddy can cuddle, just like always and Daddy still loves bear hugs, which help keep him strong.

In 2011, their world was turned upside down when authors Anna and Eric Gilcris learned that Eric had brain cancer. Like any parents, the first thing they thought of was their son. How would they tell him? Bear Hugging and Cancer Crushing is their answer. Help your children understand what it means to have a parent with cancer with this warm, lighthearted story inspired by experience.

Oh by the way we are posting this on National HUG DAY !(Yeah I know but it’s real) so go hug your kid

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  1. This book sounds wonderful. We need to have more books like these to provide support for children who are frightened and confused.

  2. I am going to cross post this on Facebook. Many families, including mine, have faced this awful disease. Nice review and looks like a great book.

    Naila Moon, Hostess KidLitBlogHop

  3. Marie-Claude Leroux says:

    This book does indeed sound wonderful. What an incredible idea to have put this experience into a book for their son, and all the other children who can take so much from it!

  4. My heart is sad for any child who needs this book but I am glad that it exists! Thanks for sharing at the Kid Lit Blog Hop! I love that the characters just happen to be African American too but that’s not the point of the story!

    • Dick Leonardo says:

      Yes it is one of those books that you don’t want a child to need but it’s a strong family that put it together

  5. This looks like a beautiful book. Thanks so much for sharing at Booknificent Thursday!

  6. That’s a tough one.. to have a child go through the experience must be heart wrenching! Thanks for sharing the review on KidLitBlogHop this week.

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