My Blood Brother: A Story About Childhood Leukemia
By Elizabeth Murphy-Melas and Mary Kate Wright (Illustrator)
Health Press NA Inc., 2010, 32 pages
This touching book explores the dynamics of a family dealing with childhood leukemia. Sam and his older brother, Stefan, learn together that Sam has leukemia. The story shows the emotional turmoil a family endures while coping with a diagnosis of childhood cancer. Although Sam is only seven years old, he learns about how the disease affects his body and the terminology related to his illness. My Blood Brother provides support for the patient, siblings, parents, friends and extended family. The illustrations are done by an award-winning medical illustrator who uses color and technique to provide comfortable, soothing illustrations in contrast with the emotionally charged story line. Parents and young children may benefit from this book.