This picture book, the second in the Nurse Ted series, was a collaboration between children’s book writer and illustrator, Ffion Jones, and neuro-oncology clinical nurse specialist, Kerry Foster-Mitchell. It was created for children who have had a parent diagnosed with cancer. The images are a clever combination of illustrated characters and photographs showing what a real hospital looks like. Ben is a young boy whose mother has been diagnosed with cancer. Nurse Ted tells Ben’s story and provides clear descriptions of how cancer happens, and the processes of diagnosis, treatment and recovery in language suitable for children from pre-school to early primary school age. The interactions between Ben and his parents normalise feelings of sadness, fear and anger and encourage him to talk to his dad, so they can support each other. The book includes a glossary, description of side effects of specific treatments, and advice and tools for parents to use when discussing a cancer diagnosis with a young child. 2016
Nurse Ted: a children’s guide to cancer
by Jones, Ffion; Foster-Mitchell, Kerry
Belrose Books, UK, 2016
Categories: Childcare, Relationships
Subjects: Diagnosis, Families, Treatment
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