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.