Juniper Skinner recently contacted me about doing a review of her new book Food Allergies and Me. Since it's aimed at children my son's age and younger, The Kid is making his blogging debut with his very, very concise review of the book:
I read the book Food Allergies and Me. I like the pictures. The rules for food allergies are good. We follow them at school. We carry Epi-Pens, too. Jack's test at the doctor tickled. My test hurt. It's a good book to read at school.Maybe I should expand that a little! This book is clearly a labor of love by the mother of a food allergic child. It takes the reader through the daily experiences of her son Jack, as he successfully navigates the very real dangers of allergies to milk, eggs and peanuts. (These are allergies my son shares.) The guidelines for managing multiple food allergies are solid and explained in an age appropriate manner. Jack clearly explains how to avoid contact with dangerous foods by asking a parent if food is safe, washing hands and not ever sharing food.
The symptoms of anaphylaxis are also described simply and in a non-scary way with the all important advice to always tell an adult right away in the event of hives, nausea or breathing difficulty. The Kid spotted the only real omission: no reference to keeping epinephrine or other medication available at all times. He also felt that the description of the testing done by the allergist may have minimized how uncomfortable it was!
Food Allergies and Me is an excellent introduction to the subject of food allergies for early elementary aged children and younger. It would be a very good choice to read to a classroom with one or more food allergic students in it or make a thoughtful donation to a school library.
Juniper is allowing me to give away a copy of her book to a reader, so if you'd like to enter for a chance to win leave a comment with contact information. I'm going to go a little crazy and give you 7 different ways to get additional chances to win:
- subscribe to The Allergic Kid by email or in a reader,
- subscribe to Mama Juniper, Juniper Skinner's blog,
- follow The Allergic Kid with Google Friend Connect
- follow Mama Juniper with Google Friend Connect
- like The Allergic Kid on Facebook,
- like Food Allergies and Me on Facebook or
- follow The Allergic Kid on Twitter.
Update: I confirmed the contest requirements with Juniper, and this contest is limited to the United States and Canada.
FTC Disclosure: There were no wardrobe malfunctions in the writing of this post, unless you count wearing old sweatpants around the house. Oh, and I got a free book.