SOURCE: Art with Heart

June 22, 2005 12:00 ET

New Book Offers "Oodles" of Smiles for Hospitalized Hispanic Children

Art With Heart Releases "Oodles de Doodles" for Spanish-Speaking Pediatric Patients

SEATTLE, WA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- June 22, 2005 -- Art with Heart, a Seattle-based nonprofit organization committed to promoting the emotional well being of seriously ill children through its creative publications, releases today its new Spanish-language therapeutic activity book -- "Oodles de Doodles."

"Oodles de Doodles" is the 48-page Spanish edition of the already popular "Oodles of Doodles for Your Noodle." This edition contains colorful pages by 39 contemporary illustrators, including Mary Grand Pré, the artist of the popular Harry Potter books. The new edition allows Spanish-speaking children who are coping courageously with serious health issues to articulate both their suffering and strength, while remaining playful and content. Available on order today, "Oodles de Doodles" provides healthcare workers with a way to respond to the emotional needs of children in hospitals nationwide and helps promote cultural competency, diversity and sensitivity.

The book includes IV Pole tags that children can color; "Imagination Stations" for children to express their feelings about their illness; brightly colored diversionary activities that help the child feel more in control; "All About Me" pages and lots more.

Since Art with Heart's first printing of "Oodles of Doodles" in English, over 150 hospitals and medical facilities across North America regularly use it in their art therapy outreach in order to distract, engage and inspire children who are hospitalized long-term.

"'Oodles' is a wonderful piece of art and literature that stimulates the user's creativity and builds their self-esteem," says Priya Sircar of the Lance Armstrong Foundation, "Perhaps more importantly, the activities in the book -- thoughtfully designed and masterfully illustrated -- allow users to see beyond their stay in the hospital to life after their treatment. As an organization focused on living with, through, and beyond cancer, the LAF can appreciate the benefit this book will have upon the quality of life of seriously ill children."

"Oodles de Doodles" addresses a growing need among Spanish-speaking pediatric patients. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, of the over 39.9 million Hispanics in the U.S., roughly 800,000 of the Spanish-speaking children under 18 suffer from serious or chronic illness.

Copies of "Oodles de Doodles" and "Oodles of Doodles for Your Noodle" may be ordered online at www.artwithheart.org/shop. Discounts for bulk orders are available to nonprofits and hospitals.

Art with Heart empowers youth to deal with crisis through creative publications and programs that foster self-expression.

For more information about Art with Heart, visit http://www.artwithheart.org.

Contact Information

  • INQUIRIES IN ENGLISH:
    Steffanie Lorig
    Executive Director
    Art with Heart
    206.362.4047
    Email Contact

    INQUIRIES IN SPANISH:
    Jamie Katz
    Volunteer
    206.297.6171
    Email Contact