Author: Kimberling Galeti Kennedy
Publisher: Tate Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-62295-640-1

With skin cancer being one of the most common forms of cancer in the United States and one in five Americans currently get it at some point in their lives, children should learn early how to protect themselves from this rampant disease.

In Kimberling Galeti Kennedy’s short children’s story, Hey, Don’t Forget the Sunscreen, a simple story about skin cancer is written between the unnumbered but almost thirty glossy pages. Although it is a small paperback book, instructions are included to download its free digital audio book online. Even though the font may be hard for a new reader to decipher, the tale is well targeted to preschool age and above. Inside, the first page has two reviews from two physicians. Bright large, simplistic colorful drawings are usually on the left side of the page while one to three sentences of the storyline are on the right side.

This educational tome is about young Stacey who goes to the grocery store one day and sees her friend John and his aunt, Donna. Stacey immediately notices a bandage on Aunt Donna’s nose and asks what happened. Aunt Donna explains that when she was a child and played in the sun, she did not protect her skin. Stacey replies that she has learned the sun gives us vitamin D to help fight disease and keeps our bones strong.

Aunt Donna mentions that she noticed a sore on her nose that did not go away so went to the doctor to treat it. The doctor biopsied it and determined it was a basal cell skin cancer. She tells Stacey about the three types of skin cancer: basal cell which grows on the surface, squamous cell carcinoma that can extend to other parts of the body if untreated and melanoma which is the most dangerous.

The adult explains that to avoid skin cancers, one should not smoke, always apply water resistant SPF 30 or above sunscreen that is reapplied every two hours, and wear a hat and sunglasses when out in the sun. Vitamin D can be found in small amounts of sun exposure, orange juice, milk and salmon.

With this type of cancer so prevalent in today’s world, this reviewer has had all three types due to blistering sunburns as a child so can relate to promoting proper protection from the sun. Without scaring a child, this short story enables even a toddler to learn early prevention to keep his or her skin healthy.

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