Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Kylie's Special Treat....

As some of you may remember, my son "W" has a tree nut allergy.  It is a struggle sometimes to help him understand that being different in this way is not a "bad" thing or that having a different treat at social occasions is not some sort of punishment.  When I was asked to review the new book, Kylie's Special Treat by Letizia Barbetta, I could not wait to see how the author would tackle the subject of food allergies.

Here is the scoop...

A sweet fairy tale of a girl who loves to paint and dreams of the prince she once knew. One day she receives an invitation to make the prince a special treat. With some magical help, she happily bakes him her favorite dessert. Of course, it doesn't include any of the foods she's allergic to (milk, eggs, peanuts, and tree nuts).
Kylie shows the reader how she manages her food allergies with poise and confidence, follows her dreams and goes on to live happily ever after.
Whimsical and colorful illustrations make this supportive story a fun read for all, especially food-allergic children.
Book includes a simple baking recipe, food allergy tips and resources for adults.
A portion of the proceeds from each book sold will be donated to FAAN for food allergy research.

This book is truly a delight.  First there is the message....having food allergies does not make you different in a negative way and it should not stop you from doing any of the things others are doing.  This is huge.  With so many children now with food allergies, it is incredibly important to teach all children that having a food allergy does not mean that one needs to be ostracized!  Kylie's Sweet Treat does an amazing job of "normalizing" food allergies.  Yes, Kylie may eat differently and carries medication but she is just like her friends with hopes, dreams and unique talents.  The food allergy is a part of her but it is not her!  Secondly, the story itself is just magical.  It is a unique spin on Cinderella which is sure to delight all children.  The message is clear for all readers, follow your dreams not matter what.  The accompanying illustrations are fun and colorful.
Kylie's Sweet Treat is a terrific way to help explain food allergies to children as well as an inspiring story about following your dreams.  This book really should be in every school library!Pick up your copy today on Amazon....

*Disclosure:  I was provided with the above mentioned product for review.  All opinions are 100% my own.


Kelly D. said...

What a great way to help with food allergies!

Kelly L

Char W said...

I think this is a great idea and would be good for any child with food allergies. I think I'd like to see a boy version too though :)