This is a delightful book for all ages, with original art based on the characters in the classic novels recreated by Carolyn Gundrum. Winnie, Piglet and their friends share their funny, positive quotes. You will smile and just feel a bit better by reading the words and looking at the illustrations. Adults and children alike can use these quotes to feel happier and positive while they are ill. In the print version of this book is a journal to record your feelings.
Pooh fans will find this as charming as the familiar bear himself, and Gundrum works hard to keep the reading simple but powerful. For the letter “H,” Pooh and Piglet embrace—and Gundrum encourages readers to use hugs as a way to heal, while the entry for “D” expresses the importance of a Difficult Day made better by the quiet presence of a friend. In classic Pooh fashion, wisdom is dispensed freely but subtly, as when Pooh declares “sometimes the smallest things take up the most ROOM in your heart,” and Gundrum takes time to bolster Pooh’s advice with her own understanding of just what cancer patients need: “If you do nothing every day, that’s ok! Your job is to get better. Let your medical team do the work. Let your friends and neighbors lend a hand if you need help with anything!”
For readers newly diagnosed with cancer, Gundrum explains the different tests they may face and offers practical tips to help negotiate treatment—including suggestions for keeping the body and brain active and diet recommendations for days when “your appetite is gone and nothing tastes like you remember.” The book’s strength is Gundrum’s tender reminders to never give up, wrapped in the gentle ambience of Winnie the Pooh and his friends. In Christopher Robin’s words, “You’re braver than you believe, stronger than you seem and smarter than you think.”
Takeaway: Whimsical Pooh-isms to inspire and uplift cancer patients.
Comparable Titles: American Cancer Society’s Because… Someone I Love Has Cancer, Nancy Emerson et. al’s Finding the “CAN” in Cancer.
Design and typography: B+
Marketing copy: B