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Product Details

  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Awareness Press, LLC; First edition (September 3, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982871104
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982871102
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 8.4 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #284,555 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Finally, here's a great resource to help children see the positive side of life with celiac! This new children's book (Mommy, What is Celiac Disease?) by Katie Chalmers explains celiac on a small child's level by using a positive conversation between a mother and daughter. It explains just enough about celiac, gluten, and the effects of gluten on the body of a person with celiac and encourages a positive, adventurous attitude about the new life ahead for a celiac child. What is the treatment? The book gives the sunny side of not needing medication, trying out new foods and recipes, and still being able to participate in the fun events of childhood. It also discusses what the new lifestyle will consist of that many of the old favorites are gluten free and the rest can be made in a new way. Another helpful thing about the story is that it highlights the fact that it is not contagious, which is a key concept for other children to understand. It is high quality, high gloss, nicely illustrated and shows kids that they can be ambassadors and role models for others in their new adventure. This book is a great overview and a perfect resource for any child that has celiac or has any contact with anyone with celiac. *Families with small children where any of the members have celiac *Classroom resource for children's class where there is a celiac child *Great basic education for teachers, grandparents, relatives and caregivers of children with celiac *Health care providers or anyone that works with celiac children and families *Church groups that have a celiac child *For educating the families of your celiac child's friends. I would recommend buying a few so that you can enlighten those who come in contact with your celiac child in a simple and non-threatening manner, while bringing your child to a place of acceptance and even excitement about the adventure ahead. ---Nancy McEachern, Founder of GlutenFreeville.com

Written from the unique perspective of a celiac mother of a celiac child, Mommy, What is Celiac Disease? isn't just for the child who is newly diagnosed, but for the parent as well. We all want our kids to be happy and healthy, and a diagnosis of celiac can feel like the very opposite when it happens to your child. Putting a positive spin on this new reality, emphasizing all the good things that won't change and all the ways to make other changes fun, this book walks both mother and child through the conversation in an engaging, non-threatening way. A book every parent of a celiac child will want to have at the ready. ---Jules E. Dowler Shepard, Author/Founder, JulesGlutenFree.com

Katie Chalmers provides a simple, clear and concise explanation of Celiac Disease that allows children to easily understand how to live a happy, healthy life without gluten. Mommy, What is Celiac Disease? sheds a fun light on Celiac and empowers children of all ages to embrace their gluten-free diet and be proud to live gluten-free! The book is a great learning tool that is both entertaining and informative. If you are the parent of a Celiac child, you need to get a copy of this book! - --Chad Hines, Founder, GlutenFreeFaces.com & Celiac Disease Foundation Board Member

Written from the unique perspective of a celiac mother of a celiac child, Mommy, What is Celiac Disease? isn't just for the child who is newly diagnosed, but for the parent as well. We all want our kids to be happy and healthy, and a diagnosis of celiac can feel like the very opposite when it happens to your child. Putting a positive spin on this new reality, emphasizing all the good things that won't change and all the ways to make other changes fun, this book walks both mother and child through the conversation in an engaging, non-threatening way. A book every parent of a celiac child will want to have at the ready. ---Jules E. Dowler Shepard, Auth --Chad Hines, Founder, GlutenFreeFaces.com & Celiac Disease Foundation Board Member

Written from the unique perspective of a celiac mother of a celiac child, Mommy, What is Celiac Disease? isn't just for the child who is newly diagnosed, but for the parent as well. We all want our kids to be happy and healthy, and a diagnosis of celiac can feel like the very opposite when it happens to your child. Putting a positive spin on this new reality, emphasizing all the good things that won't change and all the ways to make other changes fun, this book walks both mother and child through the conversation in an engaging, non-threatening way. A book every parent of a celiac child will want to have at the ready. ---Jules E. Dowler Shepard, Author/Founder, JulesGlutenFree.com

Katie Chalmers provides a simple, clear and concise explanation of Celiac Disease that allows children to easily understand how to live a happy, healthy life without gluten. Mommy, What is Celiac Disease? sheds a fun light on Celiac and empowers children of all ages to embrace their gluten-free diet and be proud to live gluten-free! The book is a great learning tool that is both entertaining and informative. If you are the parent of a Celiac child, you need to get a copy of this book! --- Chad Hines, Founder, GlutenFreeFaces.com & Celiac Disease Foundation Board Member

About the Author

Katie Chalmers, author and illustrator of this book, is also a Celiac. She is a freelance graphic designer who dedicated over two years to creating this book, which she hopes will impact awareness and increased understanding of this condition. Katie created this valuable resource to help children along with all of the other people in their lives to truly understand Celiac disease, how it affects the body and why a gluten-free diet, family support and positive attitudes are all essential. The need for awareness and for children's resources, along with her daughter's diagnosis, is what lead to the idea for this book... The author began work on the book when one of her twin daughters was diagnosed with Celiac in 2008, a few months after she was diagnosed herself. Right away, her doctor had told her that there was a good chance that one or both of her girls would also have Celiac. She decided then and there to keep all talk of it positive, and to figure out how to explain it to them in a way they could understand and embrace. Chalmers' hope is that this book will help many others to see the sunny side of life throughout their gluten-free journeys.

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Perfect to give to a celiac child's preschool or elementary school teacher.
Jean M. Layton
My 6 year old daughter was just diagnosed with Celiac and the book had a simple but complete explanation of Celiac Disease and Gluten-free.
Kellyd
I love this book because it explains Celiac in such a simple way that children can easily comprehend.
Michelle

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Molly on January 3, 2011
Format: Paperback
I bought this book for my son (5 years old), who was recently diagnosed. This was a great way to explain his condition to him, his friends, our family, teachers, and other supporters. We have read it every night since we got it. It is very informative, honest, and positive about the disease. I would recommend it to every Celiac family. Thank you Katie for writing such a wonderful book!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Christy L. Miller on January 4, 2011
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This beautifully illustrated book has helped my daughters understand Celiac disease in a whole new light. It brought understanding into their recent diagnosis and helped to give them that boost they needed to see gluten issues in a positive light. It really comforted them to see that Celiac is not the end of good things, but instead just the beginning of a healthier life to come.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kellyd on February 8, 2011
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This is a fabulous book. My 6 year old daughter was just diagnosed with Celiac and the book had a simple but complete explanation of Celiac Disease and Gluten-free. I read it along with her two brothers (ages 9 and 11) and it was a great way for our family to begin working together to help my daughter with her celiac. In her words, "This book is AWESOME"! I particularly liked the use of dialogue between the child and mother. My daughter read the child parts and I read the other. In the end, my three kids read all the fun activities we can do together. I am a social worker and would recommend this book to both clients and personal friends who are trying to help a young child understand Celiac. Since my daughter looks very much like the character in the book, it was particularly attractive and effective for her. I wonder if you would consider creating anther book with children of different races and ethnicities as well as have it available in different languages. Again, EXCELLENT resource!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jenny on January 13, 2011
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I highly recommend this book to anyone who has Celiac's Disease, or knows someone who has Celiac's Disease. I wish it was around for my daughter when we first got diagnosed almost 3 years ago. It is an amazing explanation of what Celiac's Disease is from a positive viewpoint. It would help any child understand the disease. My daughter who has Celiac's has shared the book with her classmates so they can better understand why she eats the food she does. The pictures are so vibrant and full of life and the attitude of explaining the disease is so amazing! Katie out did herself when she made this book! We love it!! Highly recommend it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jill on January 4, 2011
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This is a great, one of a kind book to explain what is Celiac is for kids and adults alike.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sarah on May 5, 2013
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This is a must have for all parents who have a child that has been diagnosed with Celiac Disease. Lovely book that is very informative for children.
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When our girls went gluten-free in 2006, I searched for a simple book that I could give the myriad number of people involved in the day to day. I wish I had had this book then. This book presents the essential facts of celiac disease in a beautifully visual manner. Perfect to give to a celiac child's preschool or elementary school teacher. Essential for a care giver of your celiac child.
Even a playmate could gather enough information to prevent a cross contamination event.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Shirley Braden on February 2, 2011
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Katie Chalmer's book is beautifully written and illustrated. Written for children who have been diagnosed with celiac, it focuses on the disease in simple terms as well as all the wonderful real food that those who are gluten free can eat. I believe that is the very best approach to living gluten free easily. Along with well-written text, Katie has created some truly captivating illustrations. I've never seen any others exactly like them before. Both Katie and her daughter have celiac and the character in the book is modeled after her daughter. This book will be a great help to children diagnosed with celiac as well as those with non-celiac gluten intolerance and sensitivity who eat gluten free. It can even help adults who need a simple explanation of celiac disease and positive outlook on eating gluten free.
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