“I am never alone when The Jester & Pharley are around.”
A young cancer patient smiled as she told that to Barbara Saltzman, The Jester’s Mom, many years ago. We’re hearing that a lot nowadays. The COVID19 pandemic has turned all our lives upside down. And our moods, too.
But just being with these upbeat characters can put a smile on your face. That’s why hospitals across the country have been asking for more copies of The Jester Has Lost His Jingle than ever for their young patients.
And that’s why educators all over the country are reading The Jester Has Lost His Jingle to students online (see story “Laughing With the ‘Perfect Book for This Time.’”)
“Having The Jester Has Lost His Jingle books and The Jester & Pharley Dolls will provide humor, laughter, normalization, increase patient coping and will encourage patients to read,” says one child life specialist.
“During this time of COVID19 many of our young patients are unable to have in-person visits from their brothers and sisters and friends,” said Harmony Jackson, Lead Child Life Specialist, Valley Presbyterian Hospital, Van Nuys, CA. “Thank you for providing joy and hope to our patients and families during some of the toughest times of their lives.”
“We are grateful to be able to share a little joy and insight, hope and laughter with the families we serve with this amazing book during these uncertain times.”
Sara Alexander, Executive Director, There With Care, Redwood City, CA
“When a school-age child is admitted to the hospital on their hospital bed they will find a Jester & Pharley Doll and ‘Jester’ book.”
Harmony Jackson, Lead Child Life Specialist, Valley Presbyterian Hospital, Van Nuys, CA