To one and all
This is the online companion to Snowman on the Pitcher’s Mound, a new book from award-winning author, journalist and cancer survivor Jamie Reno. Kids, be sure to check out the activities and cool original artwork on the Kids Page. And parents, be sure to check out the resources and links pages for information that will help you as well as your children if your family is coping with a cancer diagnosis.
Written for children who have a parent or loved one with cancer - and for their parents - Snowman on the Pitcher’s Mound, shows how one particularly thoughtful 10-year-old boy copes with the cancer diagnosis of his mom. By explaining his emotional changes in the child’s own voice and in a life-affirming, accessible and often humorous way, Reno hopes to help young readers and their parents understand a child’s natural course of anger, frustration, sadness and fear when dealing with parental illness and loss.
“I want to facilitate a dialogue that may not otherwise take place,” says Reno, whose inspiration for this book came from his own home. “I wrote ‘Snowman’ because I’m a 13-year cancer survivor who’s had lots of long conversations with my daughter about what it’s like for her to have a daddy who has battled cancer. A child is often the forgotten victim when a parent gets sick. The child has so many questions and emotions stirring inside and often has nowhere to go with these feelings.”
Snowman on the Pitcher’s Mound is told solely from the perspective of 10-year-old Tyler Paulson, a Little Leaguer from the Midwest whose mom has been diagnosed with cancer.
The author explains that while the story is fictional, “there are elements of my life in this book as well as the lives of other cancer patients and children I have met.”
Critics agree that Snowman on the Pitcher’s Mound is a smart, poignant, joyous book that fills a real void in the marketplace. To order this book just click on the icon to your immediate right. Meantime, please feel free to look around and to contact the author directly. Just click on the “contact” icon above to send Jamie a direct email, and he will respond directly.
Best wishes to all who visit the Pitcher’s Mound!