Allie The Allergic Elephant


Can anyone tell me about this book? My son is almost 2 and I want to start educating him about his nut allergy. I'm looking for a book that is appropriate for his age and I found this one. Does anyone know of another book that is appropriate to begin educating a 2 year old?

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On Oct 6, 2000

I also have "No Nuts for Me". I know this book is probably more geared for school age children. But, my 2.5 year old enjoyed it.

On Dec 10, 2000

I wrote the book, "Allie the Allergic Elephant: A Children's Story about Peanut Allergies." You can find more information on the book at [url=""][/url]

I wrote the book for my then 3 year old son who has severe, life threatening peanut allergies. The book is geared toward the preschool age through about 1st grade.

"Allie" helps children learn about food allergies and how to be a good friend when you can't share snacks. The book explains peanut allergies and allergic reactions, too.

You can e-mail me with any questions at [email][/email]

Hope this helps!

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On Dec 10, 2000

Hi Heather

I have bought 2 copies of Allie the Allergic Elephant - 1 for my 3 1/2 year old son Jerry who loves it and 1 to donate to Jerry's daycare.

Allie is one of Jerry's favorite books and I thought it gave him something to relate to. Since Jerry was just over a year old when he had his first reaction to peanut butter he really has no memory of it. After reading the book with him, he started asking questions, like is that what will happen to me?

Jerry's daycare which isn't peanut-free reads their copy to the children on a regular basis to help the kids understand Jerry's allergy and how severe it can be. I have been told by Jerry's teachers that on a couple of occasions they have over heard the kids in Jerry's class telling new kids not to go near or to touch Jerry if they have had peanuts. So I guess the books is definitly having an impacted on the kids - and who knows these kids may grow up with a better understanding of how severe some allergies are.

and to Nicole -- thanks for a great book !!!!


On Dec 11, 2000

I did buy the book and I think it's wonderful. It's the perfect book to start educating such small children with. When we come to the part about Alli's bracelet, my son points to his bracelet. I'm very glad I did buy the book. [img][/img]

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On Jun 9, 2001

Do you REALLY like this book? I bought it and am returning it because I feel it portrays PA like it's no worse than hay fever.

I loved "No Nuts For Me" because it shows the severity of PA by explaining about Noah's medic alert bracelet and epi-pen. Allie makes it sound like all you get are swollen lips and hives from peanuts. I was very disappointed!

Plus, the way kids are nowadays they may think it would be cool to watch a classmate get hives, red eyes, swollen lips, etc. and would respond "Sure!" to the question in the book, "Do you want to see Allie get hives?"

Just my opinion. Anyone else not like it for the same reasons?

------------------ Amy

On Jun 9, 2001

Actually, I did not care for it either. My son did not like the illustrations. I also generally agree with your opinion that it seems to minimize the severity of life with pa. But, since it was written for kids, I guess maybe the authors did not want it to be too disturbing????

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On Jun 9, 2001

I understand not wanting it to be scary since it is written for kids, but "No Nuts for me" is not scary either and it still gives the impression that PA is a severe thing, but that one can deal with it seriously and still live a fairly normal life.

I guess I also didn't like the emphasis on Allie being 'special' because of PA. I wouldn't say my son is special because of his PA, but I would say he is special because of, say, his early artistic ability. I would prefer my son didn't have PA, so I don't like when people put a positive label like 'special' on such negative things.

I don't mean to sound like the books are in competition with each other, I guess I just happened to get them at the same time and there seemed to be such a difference between the two. And since "Allie" cost over twice as much that only magnified the differences [I do understand that "No Nuts..." had major corporate sponsorship so that surely had something to do with the cost differences].

I totally respect the author's intent in trying to create a book to help explain PA to children. And I did like the part that discussed how peanuts can be hidden in foods, that was very good. I just felt the severity of PA overall was too minimized.

I've just been dealing with a lot of people lately who are like "Oh, your son's allergic to peanuts? Well, I'm allergic to cats" like its the same thing. They are different types of allergies with very different reactions and I was worried this book would only further misunderstanding.

Anyway, thank you for replying!

------------------ Amy

On Jun 12, 2001

Well, remember, my son was not even 2 yet when I first bought the book for him. Now that he's almost 2 1/2 and just discovering that those things on the end of his foot are called toes and the sun only comes out during the day and goes away at night, etc...I do think Allie is appropriate. I just watched the No Nuts For Me animated web site and I just think that story would go right over my 2 year old's head. Noah is old enough self administer his epi pen? Come on, my son is 2 and can't take the OJ out of the fridge without spilling it all over the floor. Also being 2, my son is too young to go to school and have classmates but when he does, I hope the other 3 year olds aren't so malicious as to want to see my son get sick. I certainly never meant for Allie to be the "be all, end all" for education material for my son. I was looking for a book to just introduce the allergy to him and start making him aware of it - sort of a stepping stone - along with reminding him that peanuts will make him sick every time Bear in the Big Blue House makes a PB&J sandwich and Raffi sings his Peanutbutter Sandwich song. I took out my Allie book and took another look at it and I can't figure out how anyone would think the drawings are scary, especially since they're drawn by a little girl, but to each his own. I still think Allie is good for the toddlers and No Nuts for Me is for the children who are capable of understanding more. I know you think it minimizes the severity, but I think that list of symptoms is all the little ones can handle - they can't comprehend suffocating or death yet. (At least that's my opinion)

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On Jun 12, 2001

I used this book to introduce my 2yr.old twin boys to the term "peanut allergy" as soon as they were diagnosed (about 2 months ago). It was a great starting point & reference point for us. Now when there's something they can't eat & I say "we don't eat that because it has nuts in it", they will sometimes think about it & say, "Just like Allie!". As they get older I will find more ways to explain their allergy & the severity of it to them but this book served as a great introduction. Thanks Nicole for writing it - as a reading specialist and an avid reader myself, I often use books to connect ideas for my children. I was thrilled to find this one!

On Feb 26, 2002

I like both Allie and No Nuts.