From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 1–Young Emily explains that when she was five, she was diagnosed with celiac disease, a lifelong digestive disorder. She cannot eat anything containing wheat, barley, or rye because she cannot digest the gluten. Her mom acknowledges the difficulties of the condition and tells her she is special because she can jump rope and paint, and also because she must eat gluten-free. Charming watercolor illustrations depict the child as she undergoes tests leading to her diagnosis, and as she goes to school, restaurants, and camp, where she encounters situations that can be difficult due to her illness. Information is presented in a friendly and straightforward manner. This kind and calming book never condescends, and will be a useful addition for parenting resource collections.–Joyce Adams Burner, Hillcrest Library, Prairie Village, KS
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About the Author
Bonnie J. Kruszka has a degree in chemistry and pre-medicine from Michigan State University. Currently she is pursuing a doctorate in nursing and plans to be a Nurse Practitioner in the field of family medicine. A dedicated advocate of celiac disease awareness, she and her family live in Cleveland, Ohio.
Richard S. Cihlar graduated from Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, Ohio, with a bachelor of studio art. The recipient of several art awards, he lives in Avon, Ohio, where he hopes to own and operate an art gallery.