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The Goodbye Cancer Garden



A young girl is told that her mother has cancer.  As she asks questions about her mother’s recovery, she is told that hopefully her mother will be better by pumpkin time.  This inspires the young girl to plant her own garden, and the book reflects the growth of the garden as it coincides with the mother’s treatment. 

General Assessment

Recommendation of how and where to use it

This resource is intended for students in grades 4-6.  This book is a useful springboard for speaking with students about cancer and other illnesses.  This book is especially useful when the topic of cancer is prevalent in the classroom as a result of personal experiences of students.  Educators may also choose to use this resource as a tool to begin talking about the power of positive thinking and the way in which families access appropriate health care.  Students may choose to conduct an action project in which they create their own garden in honor of those who suffer from various illnesses. 

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Themes Addressed

Human Health & Environment (2)

  • Access to Health Care
  • Health Promotion

Human Rights (1)

  • Cultural Diversity