Let My Colors Out
Courtney Filigenzi, Shennen Bersani
(American Cancer Society, July 1, 2009)
Help children cope with range of emotions following a parent’s cancer diagnosis Unfortunately, many young children today are dealing with their parents’ diagnoses and battles with lifethreatening illnesses. In Let My Colors Out, a young child is dealing with his mom’s diagnosis and treatment of cancer. He experiences a range of emotions—scared, sad, jealous, feeling fine, denial, anger—that together form a rainbow of hope through this critical time. This fully illustrated board book (concluding with a clever pop-up of balloons) can be a useful tool for parents, teachers, and counselors who deal with children ages 4-8. It will help children realize that they are not alone and that other people have felt the same things they are feeling. This book can open up channels of communication between parents and their children, giving children not only understanding, but also assurance that they can share their feelings.