Review: Wiggy Wanda by Kathy Mashburn
Title: Wiggy Wanda
Author: Kathy Mashburn
Reviewed by Jo Linsdell
"Keri Fields is only seven years old when she learns the reason for her mother's sickness. She has seen firsthand how badly her mother feels when she is sick. Keri listens carefully as her mother tells her about a boo-boo called cancer that is causing her to be sick enough to throw up and tired enough to lie down often. To help explain the things that will happen while her mother is being treated by the doctor, Keri's parents present her with a very special gift. Keri quickly discovers this is no ordinary gift! Imagine you have been diagnosed with cancer.Not often do I come across a children's book that tackles such a difficult subject. Big praise to the author for helping raise cancer awareness but also for offering a way of making it easier to understand for children. I liked how the story touched on some of the side effects of the disease and treatment for it whilst bringing it all to a level that children can relate to. I remember having to try and explain cancer and chemo to my young son when a relative had cancer and a book like this one would have been very helpful.
Now, imagine how you would go about explaining your diagnosis to a young child. Wiggy Wanda is a children's book that will help open the door for women everywhere to begin to tell their personal stories to the young children in their lives - perhaps even their daughters."