Once upon a time . . . It’s how all heroes begin their story, and you’re a hero, too! Your mama has cancer, and it’s a scary journey, but you can help your mama just by being you—special, wonderful, YOU. Your mama loves you just the way you are. You are your mama’s knight.
Mama’s Knight: A Cancer Story of Love is an emotional toolbox that can help kids and parents communicate about what it means for Mama to have cancer. The book is filled with tools and activities designed to make coping with illness easier on both parent and child, and can be personalized for each child.
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Mama's Knight is an amazing and interactive book created especially for mothers who are battling cancer and have young children. It is a unique combination of a story, scrapbook and activities that is completely customizable. Mom's are able to fill in the child's name, their treatment plan and what will make them feel better and when read with their child, the child is turned into their mother's Knight and given all the empowerment to help their mom when they are not feeling their best. Mama's Knight is written using clear, honest and simple language about cancer, the medicines used and its effects. I love that children are encouraged to make a cape for themselves and mom to be superheroes, there is also an activity to discuss feelings and make a silly story. There are sections for mom to fill in for 'Gag-Proof Recipes' and a special secret just for their child. Overall, this is a book that promotes love and acceptance and is something to be cherished; while I wish that it did not have to exist, Mama's Knight provides a wonderful tool for those warrior mama's with cancer and their brave children, no matter what the outcome.
This book was provided for free in return for an honest review.
Aurora Whittet started out as a wild red-haired girl in Minnesota dreaming up stories for her friends to read. Today, she has completed Bloodmark, Bloodrealms, and Bloodmoon of the Bloodmark Saga trilogy and started her journey into children’s books with Mama’s Knight in honor of her own mother who lost her battle with cancer. She’s a national award-winning graphic designer and birth doula in her day jobs. Aurora lives with her family in Minnesota.
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There is no perfect. There is only now.
By Aurora Whittet
I have been writing stories since I was about eleven or twelve years old, and they were truly terrible, but at the time my friends loved them. My first novel, Bloodmark, was published when my son was nearly a year old. By age two he knew the books were mine sitting on the shelf, that I’d written them, even though I’m certain it only came up once or twice in conversation. At age four he helped me as I wrote Mama’s Knight: A Cancer Story of Love. I showed him every illustration and if he didn’t respond to it I did it again. Trying to make them perfect…but he often chose things I didn’t expect. He didn’t see the imperfection I saw. He saw something else in them, and those are the illustrations in the book.
He is now age five, and as I sit down to draw things for my children’s books, he sits down with me and draws pictures too. We have created art into a love language we share. One day while we were drawing monsters for an upcoming picture book I’m working on he drew his interpretation of the same monster I had drawn. When he was done, he asked if we could switch and color each other’s pictures. My first reaction was “eeggg-er-gagahhahad no!” I had just spent who knows how long drawing that particular monster, but when I looked in his eyes I saw how proud he was of his picture and how proud he was of mine.
I smiled and handed it over to him, knowing I’d have to redraw it later, but what did that matter. We live in the now.