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Chad the Allergic Chipmunk: A Children's Story of Nut Allergies Paperback – October 2, 2006


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Chad the Allergic Chipmunk is a delightful book with a serious message. It helps adults and children alike to increase awareness and tolerance for individual differences especially when the issue can be life threatening. Nicole Smith has taken a personal experience and turned it into an opportunity to help all children with special allergies. --Rose Bergles, Principal, Academy School District 20

Nicole Smith, with the able assistance of her illustrator Maggie Nichols, has zeroed in on milk allergy, peanut allergy and now tree nut allergy. The tale of Chad the Allergic Chipmunk is directed to the school aged child with food allergies and the support systems, family, friends, teachers and epinephrine kit that keep him safe. This book provides excellent reading and charming illustrations of specific situations and medically responsible approaches to a child with food allergies. --Bonnie Baswell, M.D., Allergist

Only a parent of a food-allergic child could have written a book like this. Nicole reminds the allergic child and his caregivers that we must always be vigilant yet she never lets us forget that there is a talented, interesting, special child in there as well. --Gina Clowes, Mother of Tree Nut Allergic Child

About the Author

Nicole Smith is the author of Allie the Allergic Elephant: A Children s Story of Peanut Allergies and Cody the Allergic Cow: A Children s Story of Milk Allergies and Chad the Allergic Chipmunk: A Children s Story of Nut Allergies.
She is the author of the Web site, Allergicchild.com, supporting families and communities dealing with severe food allergies.
Nicole was raised on several military bases, but has called Colorado Springs home for many years. She graduated from George Washington University in Washington, D. C. and went on to work in the field of finance for several years.
Nicole has served as Treasurer for the non-profit organization, Kids With Food Allergies, Inc. and has helped school districts across the United States manage food allergies and create safe environments for food allergic children.
Nicole is currently serving on the Food Allergy Initiative (FAI) Advocacy Steering Committee to help build a strong nationwide presence for the food allergy community in the public policy arena, and to actively seek to increase federal funding for food allergy research.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 28 pages
  • Publisher: Allergic Child Publishing Group (October 2, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1586280546
  • ISBN-13: 978-1586280543
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 10.2 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #617,890 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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More About the Author

Nicole Smith is the author of "Allie the Allergic Elephant: A Children's Story of Peanut Allergies" and "Cody the Allergic Cow: A Children's Story of Milk Allergies" and "Chad the Allergic Chipmunk: A Children's Story of Nut Allergies." She became interested in writing a children's book on peanut allergies after discovering her son, Morgan, has life threatening peanut allergies.

Her books on milk and nut allergies followed, and she has several other books in the planning stages.

She is the Founder of the Web site, Allergicchild.com, supporting families and communities dealing with severe food allergies.

Nicole was raised on several military bases, but has called Colorado Springs home for many years. She graduated from George Washington University in Washington, D. C. and went on to work in the field of finance for several years.

She and her husband, Bob, own Allergic Child Publishing Group, the publishing company for "Allie," "Cody" and "Chad."

Nicole has served as Treasurer for the non-profit organization, Kids With Food Allergies, Inc. and has helped school districts across the United States manage food allergies and create safe environments for food allergic children.

In Colorado, Nicole was the driving force to get Senate Bill 09-226 introduced and passed into law requiring all school districts to have a policy to keep food allergic children safe at school. Two years of meeting with senators, representatives and board members of the department of education culminated in the bill being signed into law by Governor Bill Ritter during Food Allergy Awareness Week in 2009.

Nicole is currently serving on the Food Allergy Initiative (FAI) Advocacy Steering Committee to help build a strong nationwide presence for the food allergy community in the public policy arena, and to actively seek to increase federal funding for food allergy research. Additionally, she participates in the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN) Support Group Advisory Council.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Three Islands on February 22, 2010
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This book was pretty helpful for our 2 year old who just recovered from his first nut allergy incident. He is able to talk about Chad having a nut allergy which was our reason for getting it. The story is a little old for him as Chad is clearly in elementary school dealing with things like nut-free tables, bake sales, etc. but it's not a bad way to introduce future dangers as we learn to navigate a nut free world (neither of his parents have any food allergies)
One downside is it refers to Chad being special because he has nut allergies. That part we gloss over when reading it to our son, we want him to know he is normal, not special, because lots of other kids have the same. Otherwise, definitely a good buy (sight onseen).
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kathleen Warner on January 11, 2007
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My 5 year old son LOVED this book. It brought tears to my eyes to see him sit down with this book after I read it to him and for him to flip through each page very slowly asking me questions and telling me what was going on on the pages. He has never reacted this way towards a book before so I know he was connecting with "Chad". I feel this book has given him a better understanding of his food allergy and I am very happy about this purchase.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Fry on March 5, 2011
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As a parent of a newly diagnosed tree nut allergic 4 year old, this book has been very helpful. My son loves this book which helps him understand his allergy and why he has to worry about tree nuts now. The only thing I don't like is the use of the word "special" as describing chad and his allergy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 25, 2011
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THis is a great book breaks it down so even my 3 year old can grasp her new food allergy and make sense of it. Highly recommended. In the back of the book was an order form for some medic alert bracelets that seem to be better suited for little arms. Whoever thought of doing these books is great makes teaching them about there allergies much easier and fun too.
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My 5 year old asked for a book on allergies, and I got him this book. We both loved the text, it is very informative and to the point. He can relate to it well. But the illustrations are just awful. I understand that it is tricky to show hives on a chipmunk covered with fur, but the way the artist made it look is just horrible - looks like poor thing is covered in blood all over. Should have chosen another animal? Or another illustrator? The pictures are very misleading and do not correspond to the tone of the book.
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By m in nyc on June 4, 2010
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my 3 year old was just found to have tree nut allergies and this book was a wonderful way for us to talk about it. we also took it to his daycare/preschool and had the teacher read it to the class. i also ordered "mommy, is this safe?" which was a good companion book to this one as it has real photographs.
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Chad the Allergic Chipmunk is an excellent book for explaining to my 4 year daughter what may happen as she has a severe nut allergy. It has now been lent to her pre school for the teachers to read and explain to her friends.
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The book itself is nice and my cashew-allergic son loves it. But the book is over-priced in my opinion. One could easily make a hard-cover version with the same price. The center page fell out after only a week.
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