Battling a disease can be a trying time for any family and in Samson’s Tale by Carla Mooney, we learn that it even reaches man’s best friend.
Samson is the family dog and he’s waiting anxiously on the porch for his owner, Daniel. Samson heard Daniel’s mom and dad talk about ‘leukemia’ and ‘hospitals’ and Samson had never been away from Daniel for so long. When a car pulls in the driveway, Samson can’t wait to jump on Daniel and lick his face like old times. But Daniel’s mom tells Samson to give him some space. As Daniel takes his medicine, goes through chemo, and shaves his head, Samson is right there by his side. Daniel might be the hero to many for battling his cancer, but in Daniel’s eyes, Samson is his hero.
This enduring tale, told by Samson himself, is a wonderful story to inform young readers about the trials and tribulations that come along with battling leukemia. A new haircut and big words like leukemia and chemotherapy can’t change the love between friends and family. And for any child who’s battling cancer, this book shows that even though there will be ups and downs, support is always close by.
Portions of the proceeds from this book go to Flashes of Hope in an effort to bring about awareness to childhood cancer.
Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: Story Pie Press; First edition (April 12, 2011)
Source of review copy: author