Now Caitlin Can; A Donated Organ Helps A Child Get Well


Freddie Pendzinski has all kinds of feelings. He is happy to have a new baby sister, but frustrated because she is sick all the time. He tries to be a good big brother, but it's hard, and he is sad. When he learns that she needs to have a kidney transplant, he worries if it will really help.

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

This is book that families dealing with children who suffer life-threatening illnesses, as well as those who have lost a child and donated an organ, can use for comfort and hope.

Content Awareness Factors:

None, really.

Little Kid Reaction

Our child had lots of questions about kidneys and hospitals and whether Caitlin would get better. S/He listened carefully, but the concepts took some time to comprehend; and when s/he did, s/he got a little bit nervous.

Parent Reaction

This is a well-told story. It offers an explanation of why kidney transplants are needed, how kidneys work, and what happens, but more importantly (at least to me) it describes Freddie's feelings as her brother.

Type of Book:
This picture book follows the life of Caitlin Pendzinski and her need for a kidney tranpslant.
Educational Themes:

The story is self-contained, but it also serves as a nice way to start a conversation with either an affected sibling, classmates, or even other family members. Topics could include: the daily lives of children with life-threatening illnesses, feelings, personal challenges, love, and loss and grief.

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
6 to 9
Recommended Age To Read Together:
3 to 8
Age of child:
Read with child nearly 6 years old.
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow. This an excellent book to enlighten children about children whose lives may not be like their own. It is not bogged down in detail, but it does explain things; but neither does it gloss over the facets of a organ donation. This would be a niche bu

Title Now Caitlin Can: A Donated Organ Helps a Child Get Well
Author Ramona Wood
Publisher ABC Press © 2004
Illustrators Ramona Wood
ISBN 0975862200
Material Hard Cover
Cost $16.00
Genres Family, Health & Wellness, Disabilities | Developmental Challenges
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