What about Me?: When Brothers and Sisters Get Sick (Paperback)

What about Me?: When Brothers and Sisters Get Sick By Allan Peterkin, Francis Middendorf (Illustrator) Cover Image
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What about me? This question, usually unspoken, lies at the heart of this poignant story, as a young girl attempts to cope with her brother's being ill. Beautifully written and illustrated, this story deals with the many complicated feelings the well child experiences in such a situation: guilt about having somehow caused the illness, fear that the sibling will die, anger over being left out, anxiety about catching the sickness, and longing for life to return to the way it was. The story will allow parents and their well children to take some time out for one another and to forge a renewed sense of family.

From the Introduction:

Children may try to overcompensate for ill siblings and attempt to please the parents by becoming "superkids" who never have a problem. At the other extreme, they may start to misbehave at home or at school. They may be teased by other children because their brother or sister is not "normal." They may feel angry at their sick sibling for getting so much attention, and then feel guilty for having such unacceptable feelings, with resulting damage to their self-esteem....Children will identify with Laura, the young girl with a sick brother in the story, and will know that their feelings are acknowledged. Sharing this understanding will help reestablish the closeness between you and your child that is so essential to your child's comfort and well-being.

About the Author

Allan Peterkin, MD, is a Toronto-based physician and writer. He is Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Family Medicine and Head of the Health, Arts, and Humanities at the University of Toronto. Dr. Peterkin is the author of several children's books, including The Flyaway Blanket and What About Me? When Brothers and Sisters Get Sick. Visit him at www.drpeterkin.com. Frances Middendorf, illustrator of What About Me? When Brothers and Sisters Get Sick, lives in New York City.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780945354499
ISBN-10: 0945354495
Publisher: Magination Press
Publication Date: January 1st, 1992
Pages: 32
Language: English