New children’s book addressing Parkinson’s

A Treasure Hunt for Mama and Me, written by Massachusetts residents Renee Le Verrier and Samuel Frank, MD, addresses the topic of coping with parental illness. This beautifully written story highlights the experience of a boy and his young mother, who is living with Parkinson’s. The authors creatively use an outdoor adventure in the woods to share real life situations and how they are successfully managed. Playfully illustrated in full color by Adam Taylor, this book is intended for preschool and early elementary school-aged children. However, it can also be read aloud by teachers or by older siblings to younger children. The book closes with a resourceful section of tips and suggestions for both children and adults, including parents as well as educators. For families coping with parental illnesses such as Parkinson’s, this is a very enjoyable and helpful read. The book is now available on amazon.com:


- C Thomas, APDA Center at Boston University Medical Campus


About the Authors

Renee Le Verrier teaches at Massachusetts General Hospital’s Parkinson Partner Center and at Whittier Health Network’s Stroke Rehabilitation Program as a Registered Yoga Teacher. A stroke survivor living with Parkinson’s disease, she is an arts and movement coordinator for the American Parkinson Disease Association. She earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from St. Lawrence University, Canton, New York.

Samuel Frank, MD is associate professor of neurology at Boston University and is a movement disorder specialist in the BUMC Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorder Center. He serves as a site investigator for clinical trials coordinated by the Huntington Study Group, Parkinson Study Group, Michael J Fox Foundation, National Science Foundation, and National Institutes of Health. He is a member of the Patient Safety Subcommittee at the American Academy of Neurology.

Adam Taylor has a bachelor’s in children’s book illustration from Brigham Young University-Idaho.