Why Buttercup Wears a BAG!

It is with pleasure and joy, that we are announcing the release of our newest book, Why Buttercup Wears a BAG! – The Adventures of Buttercup and Elliott…buttercup book front cover

Written for the littlest persons with an ostomy, this children’s book is a positive story starring Buttercup, her friend Elliott, and their new friend Squiggs. Buttercup is a mouse with an ostomy. This book, for young children, is about the many things children, (ostomate and non-ostomate), can do in a day to learn, have fun, and be strong. As the 3 friends embark on a playful adventure at the park, they raise ostomy awareness. Their special message encourages all young children with or without an ostomy, to know they can do anything they set their minds to.

Family and friends will delight in reading, Why Buttercup Wears a BAG!, with infants, toddlers, and young children. The story cheers readers on, while they connect with Buttercup as she deals with her stoma in her daily life. This book provides readers with the opportunity to stimulate conversations about ostomy thoughts and experiences. The adventure cultivates the awareness that everyone we meet is wonderfully unique, and that we all have an amazing story to tell, no matter who we are.

This colourful and beautifully illustrated book was written with the desire to inspire children and the people in their lives, to know that although we are faced with challenges, we are not alone, and we can live a quality of life in spite of it all.

You can purchase your copy of Why Buttercup Wears a BAG!, in paperback and Kindle format from Amazon, available worldwide. Just go to the Amazon site of your choice, type in Why Buttercup Wears a BAG!, the Amazon site will direct you from there. You can order the book on this blog site by clicking on “Book Order Information” at the top banner of this page. The book can also be ordered from my website www.jo-annltremblay.com

Through the readership of my published adult ostomy books, website, and THE OSTOMY FACTOR blog, I have received requests for pediatric ostomy information and recommendations for young children. Although there are excellent instructional publications I have been able to recommend, there is scant resources/publications that young ostomates can relate to individually, nor how they and their families live with an ostomy, (lifestyle). This has been my inspiration for writing Why Buttercup Wears a BAG!

This book will delight the young ostomate in your life. Reading the book together as you embark on the adventure with the 3 friends, provides the opportunity for you and your child to discuss and explore the everyday experiences of life with an ostomy.


Jo-Ann L. Tremblay and Percy Stoma

“Everyone you meet has a story to tell.”


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7 comments on “Why Buttercup Wears a BAG!

  1. C.J. Papoutsis says:

    Dear Jo-Ann: I think this book is brilliant. I’ve often wondered how children cope with ostomies. I don’t have any wee folk in my life right now, but I know this book would be a tremendous help. Ostomies need to come “out of the closet.” After all they’re not any worse than a pair of glasses or false teeth….well maybe a bit differentšŸ˜Š

  2. Jo-Ann says:

    Thank you for your support Carolanne. It is a fun book for the little persons and the adults in their life.

  3. Diane says:

    I got to see a preview of half of the book. It is very well written and colourful pictures. I am very impressed with it. I ordered 3 copies for my Grandchildren, a friend and myself. I am really looking forward to reading the rest of the book. It is written for all ages, from children to adults. Even those with special needs would get great delight in the story and illustrations. I am thoroughly impressed with the book.

    • Jo-Ann says:

      Thank you Diane, I’m so glad you have enjoyed the book. Combining a good story with health awareness and advocacy is important. Enjoy Buttercup and her friends.

  4. franbarresi says:

    Congrats my dear it will be a hit!

  5. Norma Lachaine says:

    Congratulations on your latest book.

    I never thought of the number of the very young who are facing a difficult path, with having a bag that changes their lives, but also enables that life goes on for them.

    You should be very proud of yourself. What a gift to the world you are. Norma

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