Chubby’s Tale: The true story of a bear who beat cancer by Carola Schmidt

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Chubby’s Tale: The true story of a teddy bear who beat cancer gives you the facts about childhood leukaemia in a way that is easy for kids to understand. 

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Yes. Healthy bone marrow cells – stem cells! – are magical. When we put these cells into your arm, they’ll go directly to your bone marrow!

Chubby’s Tale: The true story of a bear who beat cancer – Carola Schmidt (pg. 29)
Book Cover of  Chubby’s Tale by Carola Schmidt

As a pediatric oncology pharmacist, Carola Schmidt is on a mission to spread awareness about cancer, one kid at a time. She does this with her various children books about cancer. She has written many books for children about cancer, namely

  • Bald is Beautiful: A letter for a fabulous girl
  • When a Brave Bear Fights Cancer
  • Cancer Daily Life

Carola has also written Tell me a story, Babushka and Babushka is Homesick.

Chubby’s Tale (first edition) was on the BookAuthority list of the 81 Best Leukemia Books of All Time. The second edition of Chubby’s Tale: The true story of a teddy bear who beat cancer was published on 14 October 2021. 

Chubby’s Tale – Summary

Chubby, the teddy bear lives in the toy store with many other toys. They are all waiting for the Christmas season, hoping that a child will choose them to take home. But one-day Chubby doesn’t feel well. He set out to find a doctor to tell him what’s wrong. 

Chubby hopes the doctor can make him feel better. After some tests, the doctor tells Chubby has leukaemia. But luckily, it can be treated with chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant.

Chubby has leukaemia. But luckily, it can be treated with chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant Click To Tweet

After his treatment, Chubby is cured and he returns to his place in the toy department. Just in time for the start of the Christmas season.

Also Read:  Twisty Tales, Vol 1 by F.J. Beerling and V.A. Bryce

My take on Chubby’s Tale

Many people know someone with cancer. And if it is close to home, your child will also be exposed to the reality of cancer. Chubby’s Tale is a great way to teach your child about leukaemia, a type of cancer that often affects children. She will learn how cancer makes you sick, and that with treatment it is curable.

Since a side effect of chemotherapy is hair loss, another book that you can read as a companion to Chubby’s Tale is Bald is Beautiful: A letter to a fabulous girl

The beautiful and realistic illustrations by Vinicius Melo will help her to immerse herself in the story. Your child will enjoy all the toy characters Chubby meet on his way to see the doctor, and no child can fail to love a teddy bear. 

The book will teach her the facts about cancer in an easy to understand way, and she will expand her vocabulary with words like leukaemia, bone marrow, chemotherapy, etc. 

Chubby's Tale teaches the facts about cancer in an easy to understand way and introduces words like leukaemia, bone marrow, chemotherapy, etc.  Click To Tweet

Should you get Chubby’s Tale for your child?

Chubby’s Tale is a great option for children. The book will teach her the facts about cancer in an easy to understand way, and she will expand her vocabulary with words like leukaemia, bone marrow, chemotherapy, etc.

It can also act as a conversation starter, to talk about cancer, illness, and especially emotions like fear and anxiety. She will also learn to empathize with people who are ill, and you can discuss ways to be kind to and support others who are ill.

Chubby's Tale can also act as a conversation starter, to talk about cancer, illness, and especially emotions like fear and anxiety. Click To Tweet

It offers fun activities with a link to download them, like colouring and writing a letter to Chubby and making a Chubby doll with a catheter. 

Also Read:  Red Velvet and Anemones by M.M. Ward

Other books to explore the emotions surrounding cancer are My Parent Has Cancer and It Really Sucks and The Rainbow Feelings of Cancer: A Book for Children Who Have a Loved One with Cancer

Some topics are hard to discuss with your child. A book like Chubby’s Tale is a good conversation starter to talk about illnesses such as cancer, and the emotions we experience about it. Does your child know somebody in your family with cancer? Do you think this book will be a helpful tool to teach them about cancer and its treatments? We would love to hear from you. Please share with us in the comments.

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Hi! I am Susan

Welcome to my adventure

Why Read or Rot?

I have started reading at the age of four. I can remember how I often read under the covers with a flashlight when I was supposed to sleep.

During my early school years, we visited the library once a week. I couldn’t pick out my new book fast enough! By the end of the period, I would have finished it already, leaving me with nothing to read for the rest of the week!

Growing up, Fridays was the highlight of my week. Dad would pack the whole family into the car, and off we go! You guessed right – to the library! We were a family of readers.

In my adult years, I’ve developed a variety of interests like technology, photography, gardening and even writing. But reading was and will always be a part of my life!

Reading for me is like breathing. If I cannot read, my soul will quietly rot away

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