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Book details
  • SubGenre:Health & Daily Living / Diseases, Illnesses & Injuries
  • Age Range (years):6 - 8
  • Language:English
  • Pages:50
  • Paperback ISBN:9781098362867

Scoops of Joy

by Matthew Rodriguez and Sharon Frances

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Well Beings Studio co-founders Matthew and Sharon wrote Scoops of Joy based on their own experiences with illness and caring for many animals in their lives to support their well-being. We wanted to create a strong representation of a child with cancer, both to the process of treatment and the rich context of their full lives.

Whimsical illustrations and character relationships comprise this inspiring family story about healing through giving. Tamal, a boy with cancer, asks his friends for advice when his bird is sick. Along the way, he learns that he doesn't have to wait to feel well in order to find and bring joy to others. Tamal has leukemia and receives regular treatment in the hospital. When his bird falls ill, Tamal learns it helps to talk with his friends about his feelings. It also helped him to crochet to thank the friends who helped him. There are many children who have cancer and, like Tamal, have full lives, good friends and are not defined by their cancer.
About the author

Matthew Rodriguez is an IT engineer by trade and a contributor to social good by heart. He is the co-founder of Well Beings Studio. This is his first book.

Sharon Frances is a breast cancer survivor, parent, and educator/artist. She is the co-founder of Well Beings Studio and facilitates arts workshops with children, teens and families to support emotional well being.