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Mom's Story, A Child Learns About MS (Book) - 12/8/2009 4:44:12 AM
TITLE: Mom’s Story, A Child Learns About MS AUTHOR: Mary Jo Nickum PUBLISHER: Chalet Publishers LLC COPYRIGHT: 2009 by Mary Jo Nickum PAGES: 80 FORMAT: Paperback GENRE: Children PRICE: $9.95 ISBN-10: 0984083650 ISBN-13: 9780984083657 LCCN: 2009939664 Eight-year-old Amy is practicing the piano when she hears a loud thump. Running into the kitchen she finds her mother sitting on the floor. Why did Amy’s mom fall? Amy starts to worry because Mom never falls. Then, Mom starts dropping things. One day, Mom almost goes blind in one eye. Dad takes her to the emergency room where some tests are run. Mom is also given an appointment at the Specialty Clinic. Thus, starts Amy and her family’s journey to learn about Multiple Sclerosis. Amy’s big sister goes to the library and borrows several items about the disease. Dad, Mom and Amy turn to the internet and look up the website for the National MS Society. Through Amy’s journey she learns what she can do to help Mom. She also learns that MS is nothing to be ashamed of. Her big brother, Tony, still has to learn this. We follow Amy as she learns about the disease. She’s very sad and turns to her best friend, Kayla. It turns out that Kayla’s aunt has it too. As a fellow MS’er, I fully recommend this book since so many children have a family member suffering from this disease. This is an easy to read and understand book explaining MS to children. Not only does Ms. Nickum insert the pronunciation of the terms of MS but there is also a glossary in the back of this book where she explains them. Also, in the back of the book the author lists several resources that will help you on your journey to learn about this heart wrenching disease. You can purchase ‘Mom’s Story, A Child Learns About MS’ at: or you can purchase this directly from Ms. Nickum’s website at: by Deborah Hockenberry, Independent Reviewer

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