Monday, September 26, 2011

Review - Nowhere Hair by Sue Glader

Nowhere Hair by Sue Glader
Released: September 1, 2010
Publisher: Thousand Words Press
Age Group: Childrens
Pages: 32 pages
Format: Hardback
Source: Author
Author Site: Sue Glader
The little girl in NOWHERE HAIR knows two things: Her mom's hair is not on her head anymore, so therefore it must be somewhere around the house. After searching the obvious places, the story reveals that her mother, although going through cancer treatment, is still silly, attentive, happy and yes, sometimes very tired and cranky. She learns that she didn't cause the cancer, can't catch it, and that Mommy still is very much up for the job of mothering. The book, written in rhyme, explains hats, scarves, wigs, going bald in public, and the idea of being nice to people who may look a little different than you. It ends with the idea that what is inside of us is far more important than how we look on the outside.
A really wonderful book to help open up to a child on the discussion of having cancer or related illness. While obviously it wont answer all questions they have it will help give you a starting place. It's beautifully illustarted by Edith Buenen. I really loved the illustrations! They made a touchy and serious topic less serious and upbeat. The story teaches two very important lessons....Dont tease others because they are different and Dont judge folks on the outside of their body, its whats on the inside that really counts!

Our 7 year old loves to play school and she pretended she was our teacher and read this book to us! It has really simple words that most children will find easy to read for themself.


  1. Very impressed with this and no doubt it is filling a need for children to understand. Well done for taking a difficult subject and making it human for the kids and for the parents. xx

  2. The review shows the human side and has picked up all the salient points that show the beauty of such a difficult book. Good review

  3. Thank you David. It was really a great book and had our little girl reading and asking questions about why the lady was sick and will she get her hair back.