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One Of The Gang: Nurturing the Souls of Children with Food Allergies Paperback – September 26, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-1434369970 ISBN-10: 1434369978

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 44 pages
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse (September 26, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1434369978
  • ISBN-13: 978-1434369970
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,298,689 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

About the Author

Gina Clowes is the Founder of the online support group AllergyMoms serving thousands of families and professional members worldwide. Active in food allergy advocacy, her interviews and parenting tips have appeared in numerous print, radio, and television features including People and Child Magazine. Gina lives in Southwestern Pennsylvania with her husband and two sons.For more information, please visit www.allergymoms.com.

Customer Reviews

Here is what I think is most important about this book.
Sarah Hatfield
This book helped to explain the world of allergies to everyone, and to make sure that the food allergic child did not feel "left out".
R. Janeteas
My son has multiple food allergies and he loves this book!
Christina Black

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By M. L. Acebal on November 16, 2008
Format: Paperback
I love this book! As the parent of a food-allergic[...] and the director of a nonprofit whose mission is to educate schools on food allergy safety [...], I see first-hand how important it is to not lose sight of our kids' emotional well-being. Often, we focus exclusively on the medical side of food allergies, doing all we can to prevent a potentially life-threatening reaction and to prepare others for how to deal with a reaction should one occur. This wonderful book reminds us what it feels like to just want to be "one of the gang," all the while maintaining a postive, "can do" attitude. Ms. Clowes' book is an excellent resource for families, schools, and camps alike.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Peanut Allergy Mom on October 17, 2008
Format: Paperback
If you buy only one book for your food allergic child, get this one!
It does it all.

It shows kids what they need to do to without scaring them:

Bringing their own snack to school
Not sharing food
Bringing their own treat to birthday parties

The BEST parts are the pictures of real food allergic adults!

SuperBowl Champ Jerome Bettis
Miss USA
NHL Hockey Star Tom Poti
ABC News Anchor Lori Stokes
Dr Robert Wood (famous allergist) etc.

Kids will love knowing that these successful adults have food alleriges just like they do!

This book is also a clever tool for teachers, relatives and other caregivers because it shows how including these kids (with peanut allergy or other food allergies) can make their day. (Excluding them is hurtful)

The pictures show how good it feels to be "One of the Gang" and this is something that every parent wants for their child.

If you want your food allergic child to be as happy and resiliant as possible, I'd highly recommend this book.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Cindy on November 6, 2008
Format: Paperback
My daughter (almost 8 yrs old) absolutely loved this book. We just purchased this book last week, the beautiful color photos capture exactly how our children feel, when they are faced with an issue that makes them feel different. My daughter deals with both the allergies and eczema issues, and we had found this book to be uplifting and so encouraging, while creating a great sense of awareness to others around children with these issues. My daughter had chosen to bring this book to share with her classmates during her star of the week, which she could of chose any book to bring in, and it touched on the feelings that she deals with while having these issues but in a uplifting way. This was the book she wanted to share. Her teacher read the book to the class, and found it to be a great tool to provide awareness and educate the other children on how children may feel, when they cannot eat the same foods as others, or perhaps other issues that may make them feel different however they are just like everyone else. The teacher commented to me that the children were really pleasantly surprised to see such adults as Jerome Bettis and Tom Poti also deal with food allergies.
I highly recommend "One of the Gang" It's a great book for children of all ages.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nicole S. Smith on November 9, 2008
Format: Paperback
This is a great book for food allergic kids and their classmates to understand that the food allergic child is so much more than just food allergies. The inclusion of celebrities and recognized figures, and their accomplishments despite food allergies is a great addition.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Romina Black on August 27, 2009
Format: Paperback
Perfect for the Classroom!

The pictures of allergic children in various situations: snack time, birthday party, holidays etc, are so real that my daughter and nephew could really relate. More importantly, these pictures opened up the eyes of their teachers so they could really understand what it's like when food allergic kids are not included in these food-centered celebrations.

As a nurse and parent of a child with multiple allergies, I'm very aware of the need to reassure children and calm their anxieties. This book does both of these things beautifully!

The tone is compassionate and encouraging. My girls love the pictures of the adults with multiple food allergies (television news anchors, Olympic skaters, Miss USA etc) thriving in their lives and careers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Hatfield on September 14, 2009
Format: Paperback
One Of The Gang starts with a brief discussion of how children are different from one another, then moves into a specific discussion of food allergies and the struggles and emotions that go along with them. The book is addressed to children with allergies, but I think other children could learn from it, too. Then--genius. Gina Clowes writes that food allergies won't stop you from being what you want to be, and she includes photos of famous people who have food allergies, such as Jerome Bettis and Dr. Robert Wood. She ends by writing, "You are here for a very special purpose! I wonder what it is."

Here is what I think is most important about this book. More than any other allergy book we have read, this book prompted discussions about the emotions that go along with being a child with a food allergy. My daughter talked a lot about the page that says, "You might wish that you didn't have food allergies and that you could eat whatever you wanted." Her favorite photo is one of happy children eating ice pops, with the caption, "When other grown-ups bring treats that are safe for you, it's terrific!"

This is the best food allergy book for children we've read--and we've read a LOT.
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