“The Vase of Flowers” : picture book for preschooler children and their mothers who are undergoing a chemotherapy treatment

The diagnosis of oncological or hematological disease is considered a highly stressful event. Living this experience in that stage of the life dedicated to the maternity and to the nurturance of young children leads to some peculiar challenges. Psychological adaptations involve not only personal but also parenting dimensions.

Existing evidences on this topic emphasize the value of an effective dialogue between parent and child about what is happening in the family, in order to reduce the possible emotional distress.

One of the most powerful communication tools suggested by pedagogues, is storytelling in particular through the stimulation of the visual-verbal channel. Picture books, where colored images are commented by short simple phrases, enable the development of an affective relationship between the reader and the child.

Moving from this premises the picture book “The Vase of Flowers” aims to promote a resilient attitude in children and mothers (who were diagnosed with cancer) by fostering and facilitating their emotional communication.

The picture book tells a story of transformation, in which the most frequent chemotherapy side effects (i.e. hair changes, fatigue, vomiting, etc..) are described in 15 watercolor painting boards.


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