TITLE: “Daniel and His Starry Night Blanket. A Story of Illness and Sibling Love”
Daniel and His Starry Night Blanket, is a tale of a young child whose older sister has cancer, the book chronicles the boy’s development and relationship with his sister as the family confronts this health challenge together.
In the midst of such an unfamiliar situation, younger siblings of an ill child often feel left out, angry, sad, scared, guilty, and envious. Sally’s book is a resource for families with young children on such a journey through life-threatening pediatric illness.
Sally has created a guest blog for CancerSavvy, a service of Maine Health’s Cancer Resource Center and begun a fund raising campaign through www.hatchfund.org, a nonprofit working with artists to support their culturally relevant projects.
ABOUT SALLY LOUGHRIDGE
From early childhood, Sally Loughridge has been drawn to artistic pursuits. As her children grew older, she became able to pursue her art full time and was fortunate to study with excellent painters and teachers primarily at the former Round Top Center for the Arts in Damariscotta.
Sally has authored or co-authored several books, and always used art as a central mode of expression and communication. When she was a practicing child psychologist, together with two of her colleagues, she incorporated many off her drawings in three children’s books on family change. In the last three years she has written and illustrated two further books, her latest featured in today’s show, Daniel and His Starry Night Blanket. A Story of Illness and Sibling Love.