What books would you recommend to donate to school?

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I want to donate 3 books to my childrens' school, one for each child. One I would like to have for very young children on peanut allergy (Allison is 3), one for older kids with PA (Morgan is 8), and one for asthma for our oldest (I think I'm going to get "Relieve the Squeeze", let me know if you have an opinion here too!).

I've read some of the things on here, and it looks like "No Nuts for Me" seems to be popular. ANY and ALL opinions are welcomed. I would love to hear the pros and cons of all the books you have read. I want these books to be well read by the kids in school, and also the Librarian reads to the kids and that would be great if of those books got picked! I think it's just one more way to educate them more about allergies, and I think the girls would like it too.

Thank you for your help!!

Liz, mom to:

Brianna: asthma, eczema, EA's Morgan: PA, outgrew milk and egg, tons of EA's Allison: asthma, eczema, PA, fish, EA's

On Dec 7, 2002

"No Nuts for Me" was an incredible hit with my DS's Kindergarten - all three classes, and the teachers couldn't say enough wonderful things about it.

"No Nuts for Me" and "Peanut Butter Jam" are the only books we have. I do NOT like the latter AT ALL. JMO.

HTH

On Dec 7, 2002

I think that "No Nuts for Me" is the best book about nut allergies I've read for grade-school-age kids. It's a really informative, well-written book.

"Allie the Allergic Elephant" is okay. Not my favorite, but still something I'd recommend.

I do NOT like "The Peanut Butter Jam." It shows a child who's ostracized by his classmates and his teacher, and then shows him winning everyone's acceptance by choosing to take part in a peanut-butter birdfeeder project (and causing himself to have a reaction that sends him to the hospital). Suddenly, all the kids at school like him, and the class bully even invites him over after school! So an impressionable PA/TNA child who reads that book might think that the way to win over his peers is to make himself have a reaction. Pretty scary.

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On Dec 8, 2002

Same as everyone else - No Nuts for Me (edited by the office; old url removed as that web site address is no longer used or owned by the book company that published the no nuts for me book. The book company's web site on 01/08/2007 [url="http://www.tumblebooks.com"]http://www.tumblebooks.com[/url] ) I'm actually pleased, by reading the above, that I haven't seen the other book.

Jesse really liked going to the website when he was younger and he hadn't met anyone with a MedicAlert bracelet or Epi-pen.

As for the asthma, I'm not clear. I did have a video here called Kool Asthma Kids but we never watched it. I got it through one of the asthma links I posted under the links section, can't remember which one, free.

Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

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On Dec 9, 2002

No Nuts For Me. Very good book.

Love This Site Synthia

On Dec 23, 2002

Thanks for all the replies!!!! I will be ordering No Nuts for Me!!! Is there any other book that came in a close 2nd place with anyone? I would like to donate 2 pa books for our 2 pa daughters.

Thanks for giving your opinions here, I really liked reading them!!

Liz

On Dec 23, 2002

I am actually going to differ here. I love no nuts for me. I donated this for my child's preschool. I also have the peanut butter jam. My 6 yr old LOVED it. She too is PA and she thought this book was great.

Yes, it showed a child being teased about the allergy BUT I don't think it showed the kids liked him b/c he tried peanut butter. I think it showed how serious the allergy is and how the children in his class did not realize it. Once they did, they felt bad about teasing him and realized the little boy is just like everyone else.

My friend read the book to her daughter and the 5 yr old thought it was great. She couldn't understand that anyone would tease a child b/c of a peanut allergy (her brother is PA) and thought everyone should read the book to see what could happen!

My suggestion to you would be to either go to the library to borrow it, or just buy it and read it for yourself. I think it was scary... but real. I was just grateful when my daughter told me she'd never touch peanut butter just b/c she was being teased.

Lisa

On Dec 31, 2002

What you do guys think about "A Preschoolers Guide to Peanut Allergy"? I see that listed here, but I'm not able to find any reviews on it on Amazon or B & N.

Thanks!!!!!

Liz

------------------ B: asthma, bee sting allergy, mild EA's and eczema

M: peanut & nut, severe EA's and eczema

A: asthma, peanut, nut, fish, penicillin, severe EA's and eczema

On Jan 6, 2003

Liz, we have "A Preschooler's Guide", and it really is our least favorite. The illustrations aren't great, and the text is a bit dry. Not terrible, but not interesting, either.

We actually picked up a new book over Christmas which you may like for your older child. (I actually thought it was a book for parents when I ordered it). My four-year-old loves it, even though it's a little too advanced for him. Anyway, the title is "Taking Food Allergies to School". The story is about a boy with peanut, milk, corn, strawberry and wheat allergies. It doesn't mention the epi-pen or any other medication for allergies, but describes the whole antibodies/histamine response in simple, child-friendly terms. It also stresses that, except for his allergies, the boy is just like other kids, and that they can't catch the allergies from him. There's an allergy-free pizza recipe and tips for teachers of children with food allergies at the end. Found it at Amazon.com

Also, we like the Alexander books from FAAN.

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