7-Year-Old Makes Food Allergy Video With Puppets

Third-grader Corey Shive recently won an award from the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network for a YouTube video he wrote, directed, and starred in. The video is a puppet show that educates viewers about food allergies. Corey, who is allergic to nuts, recently explained to the Pennsylvania Times Herald "It’s an award for trying to make food allergies better. I made a puppet show for people to learn about food allergies."

The puppet show runs three and a half minutes, and is titled "Dolphin and Dog talk about food allergies." Corey is Dolphin, while his friend, fellow student Caitlin Laska, plays the role of Dog. During the kid-friendly puppet show, Dog asks questions about food allergies and Dolphin answers them.

The two puppets discuss the basic principles of food allergies, how they work, and what they mean for the person with food allergies. Dog asks questions like “How can you tell you’re having an allergic reaction?”, while Dolphin explains " Food allergies are when someone gets an allergic reaction to food. An allergic reaction is when your body thinks the food you ate is bad, but it really isn’t."

The writing and research was all Corey's. He explains that he checked out several library books about food allergies, taking notes as he read them. He then created the puppets, and built the stage from cardboard and construction paper. After viewing the video on YouTube, the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network awarded him with a Youth Special Achievement Award. He will formally receive that award on April 28, in a FAAN conference in Tarrytown, New York. Watch Corey's video at http://youtu.be/iCpwfqY6kbY.

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