HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: Jenny and Her Dog Both Fight Cancer: A Tale of Chemotherapy and Caring
Author: Jewel Kats
Illustrator: Claudia Marie Lenart
Publisher: Loving Healing Press, 2016
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing and/or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing and/or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Recommended reading level: Ages 6 – 9
Rating: ***** 5 stars (EXCELLENT)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Kats, Jewel. Jenny and Her Dog Both Fight Cancer: A Tale of Chemotherapy and Caring (published in 2016 by Loving Healing Press, 5145 Pontiac Trail, Ann Arbor, MI 48105). Have you ever known a child who had or was fighting cancer? Jenny, a young girl who lives with her dad, mom, and pet dog Dolly, is undergoing chemotherapy treatment for cancer. Most of her hair has fallen out, so she wears a pretty handkerchief with prints of flowers on her forehead. Then Jenny discovers that Dolly, who has always been at Jenny’s side throughout her trying times, also has cancer and will need chemotherapy too. So Jenny vows to support Dolly in her treatments as well. What will happen to Dolly? And what will happen to Jenny?
A diagnosis of cancer is serious for anyone, but when a child has to suffer from the disease, it really tugs at the heartstrings. Author Jewel Kats, who passed away last year, tackles cancer in a genuinely heartwarming tale. Illustrator Claudia Marie Lenart’s fiber-art pictures are magnificent in their simplicity. This bittersweet story of mutual devotion and loyalty would be of special benefit to youngsters who have cancer and those who have a friend with cancer. It might also be helpful to any child who has lost a beloved pet. As one reviewer noted, “Cancer is not an easy topic for any family to discuss, but this book offers a platform from which this illness can be discussed and viewed.”