I hope that the children will discuss and identify with those people and places who make sacrifices both inside outside of their homes to keep them safe from food allergens. We now have peanut free zones at school, and precautions in the classroom. Some stadiums and airlines are taking precautions around peanuts as well. Children and parents can talk about their surroundings as their kingdom.
The Princess and the Peanut is intended to be used as a tool for discussing the need for an epinephrine injection, taking antihistamines, as well as for a skin pick/blood test. This book can be used for preparing the child for these events, or to help them relate after the fact.
I wrote this story with the intention to create a feeling of support for both the parents and and the children who live so vigilantly around food.
In focusing on books for children with medical challenges, I take the unfamiliarity of a medical diagnoses and pair it with a familiar theme in children's literature. The original story featured a Princess with a great sensitivity, which seemed like a perfect partner for the subject of food allergies.What age range is your book aimed at?
The book was written for ages 4-9, but I also have comments from 11-14 year olds who love the book, and really, I think the parent's have been enjoying it as much as the kids.
What can we learn from both the Prince, and the princess in The Princess and the Peanut: A Royally Allergic Tale?
One lesson is that most of us have sensitivities to one thing or another, and that there is great support around us.
Also, with a bit of sacrifice there is a happily ever after for all of us to join together in spite of food allergies. At the end of the book, I have included some informational pages to educate caregivers and kids on food allergies. I hope that by educating those who read this book, we can help keep kids with food allergies healthy and safe.
In 2001, I began a baby group with around 10 families. Within a few short years, three of the children had medical diagnoses including: Leukemia, Diabetes, and Epilepsy. I searched for vibrant and inspiring books related to their medical conditions and found very few available. As one who loves books and reading, I felt producing these books would be a great vehicle to support families suffering medical challenges.
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