Interview with Carla Burke, Author of My Name May Be Peanuts, But I Say Nay to PB & J




What inspired your book?

I was inspired to write this book about peanuts allergies to bring awareness to just how severe this life-threatening allergy is. My daughter is allergic to peanuts, so I had all the information I needed to write the book, right at my fingertips.

The book is about Penny and her pony named Peanuts, Why did you choose to tell the story from the perspective of Peanuts?

I wrote from Peanuts' perspective to show compassion for someone who has this allergy and to show that bullying is never acceptable in this case. He is protecting his friend Penny, which is what we need to teach our children who don't have to worry about what they eat.

What age range have you geared your book for?

This book is for the age group of 4 to 8.

What can children learn from these books who donít have allergies?

Children can learn exactly how dangerous this food allergy is and how to show compassion and not make fun of someone who can't eat the cupcakes at a party or who has to ask about the ingredients of everything before it can be eaten. That is daunting for a child with a food allergy. An example is my daughter was over at a friends house and the mom is well aware of my daughter's peanut allergy, but she was not aware my daughter cannot eat at Chik-Fil-A. Thankfully my daughter spoke up but she felt bad because everyone else in a car full of kids really wanted to eat there. They had to go somewhere else because of my daughter. I want children and parents who don't have a food allergy to know that this is a life-threatening food allergy meaning she can die from ingesting even the tiniest amount of a peanut or peanut oil.

How can Penny and Peanuts serve as role models?

Penny is role model for lots of children with or without a food allergy because she is kind and aware of the differences in children. Penny has a food allergy but another child may have a wooden leg or look different. Penny loves everyone no matter what they look like. Peanuts is a role model because he takes charge knowing his friend can die by the simple act of just doing what we all do every day, and that is eat.

You have another book not related to allergies, I Spy a Dragonfly, can you tell us a little about this book as well?

I Spy a Dragonfly is about discovering nature and the beauty of dragonflies through the eyes of a little boy. Many children have learned what a dragonfly is through reading this book. In the back of the book there are coloring pages and a "see how many dragonflies you can find" game.

I would like to add that I am currently working on my third book about damselflies. It is a heartwarming story for children to learn how to embrace who they are.

Carla





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