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Champís Story Wins Teachersí Choice for the Family Award

Learning Magazine has selected Champís Story: Dogs Get Cancer Too!, by Sherry North and illustrated by Kathleen Reitz, as a 2011 Teachersí Choice for the Family Award winner. Learning will publish the results of this competition in its April 2011 issue.

The Teachersí Choice for the Family Award is determined by a nationwide panel of judges, and is the only award that requires its judges to be both a teacher and a parent. Winning titles are chosen based on qualities important to both teachers and parents such as originality, creativity, ease of use, safety and durability, and high-interest level and motivation for children.

In Champís Story, a young boy discovers a lump on his dog Champ which is diagnosed as cancer. The boy becomes a loving caretaker to his dog as he undergoes the procedures needed to get better, many of which are similar to the practices used in humans recovering from cancer. In the end, the dog returns the favor when the boy breaks his leg. Champís Story is easily understandable and can help children deal with cancer or other serious illness.

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