"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.