Saturday, January 17, 2015

Her Pink Hair

Jill Dana has written a helpful and enjoyable book for kids who know someone dealing with cancer. Her Pink Hair doesn't go into any of the unpleasant details, but it's told from the point of view of a young girl whose friend, Stephanie, is dealing with that disease.

Dana manages to make the book comforting in spite of the usually unpleasant topic. Stephanie looses her hair, as often happens with people undergoing cancer treatments, and when it starts to grow back her mother dyes it pink.

Although her friend's death is never specifically mentioned, the protagonist imagines Stephanie now has hair that's both pink and long.

The author also did the illustrations, which are photos of cute, charming figures made of clay.

This book will be a wonderful help to children who know someone dealing with cancer. The suggested age group is for kids from five to eight years old, but some younger children might find the book helpful if their parents think they're mature enough to cope with the subject.

The author will donate part of the proceeds of the book to a charity. She doesn't specify which one, but I wouldn't be surprised if it's one that helps cancer patients or research.


Penelope Cole said...

Hi Jan,
Great review. I also reviewed this important book--important to help children and families deal with the impact of cancer on children. Thanks for sharing. Penny (

Janet Ann Collins said...

Penny, you always seem to review books before I do.

Anna C. Morrison said...

Nice review, Jan! I also like the clay figures. They offer another dimension to the story. It can be difficult to discuss life-threatening issues, but this seems like a positive story. Thank you for sharing it!

Janet Ann Collins said...

Thanks, Anna.

Connie Arnold said...

Thank you for the review, Jan. Looks like a book that could be very helpful

Jill Dana said...

Thank you so much for your well-written review of my book 'Her Pink Hair', Jan! I really appreciate you taking the time to read, reflect on, and write your thoughts about #HerPinkHair.
And, thank you to Penny, Anna, and Connie for your positive and encouraging comments (and for your review Penny).
For those interested in joining the Facebook page for 'Her Pink Hair', please visit

Janet Ann Collins said...

Thanks to all of you from me, too.