Written by Melissa-Sue John
Title: When mommy got sick
Author: Alma J. Wilson
Publisher: Self published, 2016
As parents we want our children to be happy, healthy, and safe. We do everything we can to protect them from the evils of this world, any sadness, despair, or hurt. But unfortunately, life comes with ups and downs. As parents, we have to teach our children how to cope with hardship, so they develop resilience. As much as we want to shelter them, the best thing we can do for them is to prepare them for life’s trials and adversities. When mommy got sick is a marvelous story of a loving family, who must face the illness of the mother. Jacob is surrounded by the love of his mom, Dad, and Aunt Laura. Ultimately, the moral of the story is just that- life has trials but as long as there is love, everything will be just fine. This is a lesson that can resonate with any family, whether rich or poor, Black, White, Asian or Latino, young or old. I was very happy to read this story. By the time I got to the end, I did not have to ask for a review from my 9 year old and her best friend who was visiting. The shouted “I love that story” and they agreed the story was good because it discussed love, family, and being there for each other. I also liked that Jacob was an empathetic child. Empathy seems to be missing from our society. Any story that teaches kindness and empathy is a good story in my book. We also loved the bright illustrations and the diversity of the characters. We give it 5 stars.