One day, Grandma looks different than usual, and she seems weaker, too. The family's daily life changes as they grapple with an unexpected cancer diagnosis. Written from a child's point of view, Grandma’s Hair is Sick uses the power of simple sentences to explore the fears and worries that accompany grief, but also the special intergenerational bonds that create beautiful, lasting memories. (Languages: German/English)
Grandma's Hair is Sick depicts a natural but sad parting process in a child-friendly way. Death or illness of a loved one affects many families. It can often be difficult to deal with grief oneself and at the same time find explanatory words and pictures for children. This book wants to help.
What is the project goal and who is the project for?
From the money raised, we want to have the book professionally printed in a larger number of copies, so that it is readily available to a wide audience. We want the story to accompany anyone dealing with loss, and we hope it helps facilitate conversations around the topic of parting.
The picture book is primarily aimed at children aged 4 and older who have experienced the illness of a family member. However, it is also aimed at all parents and relatives, as well as professionals who come into contact with illness, farewell and death. And everyone who loves art.
Why would you support this project?
The text in its simplicity—and the 30 loving drawings—can comfort not only children, but also adults. We hope the book helps your family enter into conversation around this difficult subject matter and opens the door to finding your own images and words for the changes that come with loss.
How will we use the money if the project is successfully funded?
The largest part of the collected money will go toward the printing of the children's book in English and German at a local printery! The more money we raise, the higher the number of copies of the 1st edition will be, and the more people will be able to get the book after this crowdfunding project.
The funds raised will also cover the costs for shipping the books and the thank-you gifts. (Please note: Shipping costs are included in the price, and will not be added for shipping within Germany. For International shipping, please plan on 5 Euros more.) If we are able to exceed our crowdfunding goal, we will be able to print the book in hardcover (yay) with extra pages!
Who are the people behind the project?
Katie Armstrong (b.1988 ) is a New York-based artist whose lovely drawings and animated films can also be seen at katiearmstrong.com. Astrid Hamm (b.1976) lives and works in Berlin and wrote this story for her daughter, then 4 years old, to talk with her about the fears, questions and possible changes while reading and coloring the pictures together.
The diagnosis of cancer has turned the world upside down in both of our families and we would like to give others some comfort with this book.
A big thank you also goes to Nils Nordmann for the video editing!