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Product Details

  • Perfect Paperback: 28 pages
  • Publisher: Tate Publishing (April 17, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1618620606
  • ISBN-13: 978-1618620606
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,489,493 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"I love this book because the story is so realistic and so many children with food allergies and/or sensitivities will completely understand what Barrett is going through. "--Carrie Forbes, Author of GingerLemonGirl Blog

"...a helpful resource for parents of children who have any food intolerance or allergy."--Linda Etherton, Author of GlutenFreeHomemaker Blog

"... This book explained it better in a simple story, than I've been able to do...Our kids our special, and they are pretty cool, too."--Paula Decaria, Author of FreeLifeGlutenFree Blog

"Barrett's Unusual Ice Cream Party is a very informative and enjoyable book for children. If your child suffers from food allergies or has any friends that do, this is a great book to help them understand their condition in a child friendly way, with a wonderful lesson."--Courtney Brietstein, Author of Baby Talkers Blog

From the Author

Several years ago we learned that my son, Barrett, was intolerant to many foods including gluten, milk, soy, eggs, and yeast. Barrett didn't really know the difference and so he handled the transition very well. However, as he grew and became a more social individual he started to face some very heart breaking experiences. 
He really wanted me to bring cupcakes to preschool for his birthday like several of the other kids, but after the cupcakes were made we learned that we were not allowed to bring homemade items. It was ironic because that rule is intended to protect the safety of the preschool children, yet it was the store-bought cupcakes that were a danger to my child. 
When he would attend birthday parties I always tried to check with the mother in advance to make sure Barrett could eat the food. But occasionally, and understandably, well-meaning mothers would assure me that there would be something for him and then forget in the rush of trying to organize a party. 
I searched for books that could help Barrett and my daughter, who also could not eat gluten, but at the time there wasn't much out there. I had already been writing children's books and so I decided to write one of my own. 
Part of my intent in writing this book is obvious--to help children with Celiac, food allergies, or food intolerance to emotionally cope with their situation. But my main purpose is to help others who do not suffer from these issues understand how these children feel. The more people understand, the more people will be mindful of them and will make an effort to accommodate and include them. 
My hope is that school teachers, camp directors, and any other leader of children's groups will read this book and make a greater effort to help these children, and share it with their classes so that all children will gain some insight into the life of a child with Celiac or food allergies. 

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I received a review copy of this book and enjoyed reading it.
This is a great book for kids with and without food allergies or intolerances to understand the feelings of those with allergies.
T. Snook
The pictures were fun, the story was informative and held all of my kids' attentions.
Dairy Free Mama

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

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Michelle King takes the experience of her own child's food allergies and the passion that most food allergy parents carry with them, and produced a wonderful book.

Why do we love this book?

1. The illustrations are lovely. Very bright, simple, and cheery for young children to enjoy.
2. The author does a very good job of bringing the issue of food allergies down to the level that a small child can understand.
3. King quietly applauds the efforts of parents in feeding their food allergy children special treats. In fact, she includes the two recipes that are used in the story at the end of the book: Homemade Vanilla-Coconut Ice Cream and Mom's Delicious Banana Muffins. A special thanks from me to Michelle King on this hidden little gem in the book!
4. King poignantly describes the isolation that children with food allergies (or any child with a disability) feels with their peers. She brings you into the isolated world of a "special" child and shows you how seemingly small events can be a big issue for those who suffer with food allergies.
5. Barrett's Unusual Ice Cream Party concludes by showing the reader how food allergies do not have to be isolating as long as others will come along side those who suffer from this disease. Everyone has a "special" component in their life allowing us to relate to one another. Why not capitalize on those areas we share and empathize in the areas that make us different, instead of excluding and isolating with a focus on the differences.

Outside of the story itself, I love that my 4 year old daughter gets excited about reading this book. She doesn't have food allergies, but has an understanding of them because her brother does.
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My son does not have celiac's, but he does have a gluten intolerance and doesn't handle dairy well either. Since learning these things, our family has made adjustments to our grocery shopping and how I prepare food. My son, Haydn, is ten-years-old. He has handled all of these changes remarkably well. He doesn't try to sneak the foods he can't have, and he has been open to trying a handful of new things.

That said, there are times Haydn gets left out. If I don't realize his children's group is going to eat cookies at church, then he will have to watch the other children eat cookies without him. His children's minister has decided to keep Haydn-foods available for such occasions, but there are still slip ups here and there. I was excited to read this book aloud with my son. He enjoyed it, even though it may be directed to a slightly younger audience. We are even going to try the ice cream recipe at the end of the book.

If your child has friends who do not understand his food allergies, this book might be a good gift for them or their parents. It would also be a good classroom read aloud, since so many children have at least one food allergy. Kids need to understand that different doesn't mean bad or uncool or weak.
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I have allergies to both peanuts and milk. Many times I have gone to social events such as work parties, political events, even church functions and have not been able to eat the food because of my allergy. I didn't realize just how lonely I felt at events until I went to an event where I could have all of the food. It felt wonderful. This book does a good job explaining how people with food challenges can feel.

This book is about a kid who struggles at school because he has some Celiac Sprue and many foods make him sick. Because of this he can't eat the food at school and doesn't quite know how to handle it.

Positives -
Great distinction between food intolerances and allergies.
Shows how knowing other people with a similar challenge can be comforting.
Shows how learning how to explain what you have to others can really help a child who is struggling.
Good story that my children loved listening to. I read it to my 6, and 8 year old and my 9 year old read it by himself. They all loved it.

I recommend this book to kids who struggle from allergies, food intolerances, etc, or who know somebody who does and wants to understand them better.
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I was excited to receive a copy of Barrett's Unusual Ice Cream Party to review. After reading the book, and asking my husband to read it too, we decided not to allow our son to read it. Why? Since being diagnosed with celiac disease nearly two years ago, he has not had any adjustment struggles. He has, thankfully, been very accepting of the disease and its requisite gluten-free lifestyle. We choose not to plant the seed of being different, because in his mind he is just like everyone else, he just happens to have a special diet. It's really no big deal for him, perhaps because he was diagnosed at such a young age (3 years old). In any event, we are very grateful he has adjusted so well. Things may change as he goes off to kindergarten this year. (I hope and pray not!) If so, we will reconsider our decision not to allow him to read this book.

For kids who do struggle with their diagnosis and feeling different, I think this book would be very beneficial in helping them realize that we are all special in our own way.
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Michelle L. King is a children's book author and a freelance writer. She grew up in Orem, Utah, and now lives in Logan, Utah, with her husband and three children. Her work is inspired by her experiences as a kindergarten teacher, a mother, a community volunteer, and an avid reader on a variety of topics. She is the author of "Barrett's Unusual Ice Cream Party" and "Mr. Percy's Mysterious Glasses".

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