Today we meet Gracie Bradford who is showcasing her book, June the Prune and Lady Bird – Cancer Stinks!
Once a taboo word, cancer effects us all, and thanks to authors like Gracie we have books and materials that help us start important conversations with our grandchildren about this dreadful disease.
June the Prune and Lady Bird – Cancer Stinks!
The second book of the Lady Bird series where the author takes the reader on a journey through childhood cancer. Book one’s story takes the reader on a voyage with blind kids. Book three of the Lady Bird series about Autism expected in late 2017.
Ten-year old June sees herself in a role reversal living in a dysfunctional family environment with her unstable mother. Her mother is so indifferent towards June until June wonders if her mother loves her. Lady Bird is June’s protective beagle – a stray dog adopted by June and her brother.
The story is about family relationships and pet therapy from the perspective of a ten-year old girl. The relationship between the two children and the grandmother is as solid as one can find. June and her 12-year old brother, Alex, go on vacation with their grandmother (affectionately called G-Mom) who finds educational activities to keep the children entertained while on the bus tours in Europe. The children are surprised when they realize they are the only children in the tour group of “ole” people. Yes!
The fun begins for Alex! Upon their return, June goes from a smart child, clever beyond her years, to a frightened little girl who must come to terms with the fact that she has cancer. What goes through a child’s mind in isolation for 9 months? June creates imaginary friends.
At the end of each chapter, the author shares powerful lessons from the kids and pet that maybe useful for adults.
Meet the Author
Gracie was born in Louisiana, graduated from Grambling State University, University of Nebraska and University of Phoenix.
She is a retired Senior Health Care Executive enjoying traveling around the world, watching her only grandson adjusting to college life and watching Lady Bird and King (pet dogs) manipulate their owner.
Read more here – Gracie Bradford