Posted by Vicky on | July 18, 2012 | No Comments
The Girl Who Cannot Eat Peanut Butter is an informative and catchy book – best read out loud to really appreciate the rhyming verse and rhythm of the text. Written by Sharon Chisvin, whose own daughter is allergic to peanuts, the book addresses the common frustrations that children with peanut allergy, and indeed any food allergies have.
This is a very Politically Correct book, the children are of different ethnic backgrounds, organic food is heralded and there is even a class member with two mothers! In short, this is book that should cater to all children.
The positive message that is reinforced in the book is that everyone is different, and it allows the child to accept that food allergies are frustrating – it does not attempt to brush aside or cover up the very real frustrations and anger that children often feel with regards to their food allergies.
Although the book would have done well to have reduced the amount of food options listed for school lunches (it takes up a whole page), and focused more on the feelings and effects a food allergy has on children – this is a book that deserves to be read. The illustrations by Carol Leszcz are cute, and help to add a sense of fun to the book.
For information on Sharon, and for details of how to purchase the book please check out allergypicturebook.com