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HIV Positive

by Bernard  Wolf

Published by Dutton, 1997
48 pages
ISBN: 0-525-45459-4

Ages 7 - 12

Nine-year-old Jennifer and her six-year-old brother Anthony are like many children living in single-parent families: they attend school each day, they argue sometimes, and they enjoy parties, family outings, cub scouts, and playing with their friends. Unlike most children, however, they are coping with the fact that their mother, Sara, is HIV positive. Wolf's photo-essay follows the family's day-to-day life over a five-month period, beginning with a family New Year's Eve party and ending with their participation in the AIDS Walk, New York. His sensitive color photographs capture the ordinary events in the life of this engaging, down-to-earth family in extraordinary circumstances, while his cogent text deals directly with hard issues such as the children's anger and embarrasment, the mother's emotional and physical pain, and the reality that she is not likely to live a long life. In the midst of this of what is clearly a great personal tragedy, we see that an extensive network of support from family, friends, neighbors, doctors, therapists, a former employer, and other people with AIDS has been the key to this remarkable family's survival. CCBC categories: Understanding Oneself and Others (KTH; Sept 22)  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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