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The Bugabees: Friends With Food Allergies Hardcover – April 15, 2009


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Beaver's Pond Press; 2 edition (April 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592982794
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592982790
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 10.5 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #142,593 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The BugaBees is a lyrical and imaginative treat! Beautifully written and illustrated, this sweet tale is one that all children will enjoy, especially those with food allergies. --Susie Bazil, author of The Sick Bug and 2009 Mom's Choice Award winner

About the Author

Amy Recob is a marketing communications professional and the mother to two children - one of whom must manage life-threatening peanut and tree nut allergies. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a B.A. in Journalism, Amy is an also active member of many civic and non-profit service organizations in her community. She and her husband Scott are dedicated advocates for the awareness and prevention of food allergies in children, and are proud supporters of the many research initiatives that currently share the same mission.

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Amy Recob is a marketing communications professional, mom, and food safety advocate. Her daughter Mollie lives with life-threatening peanut and tree nut allergies and was the inspiration for her first children's book, "The BugaBees: Friends with Food Allergies" which was honored with a 2009 Moonbeam Award for outstanding children's literature. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a B.A. in Journalism, Amy is also an active member of many civic and non-profit service organizations in her community. She and her husband Scott are dedicated advocates for the awareness and prevention of food allergies in children, and are proud supporters of the many research initiatives that currently share the same mission.

Customer Reviews

This book has lovely, bright pictures, and is wonderfully written!!
Catie Lucas
This is a wonderful story that helps children not only understand what a food allergy is but also how it affects kids that have food allergies.
Susie Bazil
I highly recommend this to anyone who has children who suffer from allergies!
Kirk Johnson

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Kirk Johnson on June 8, 2009
Format: Hardcover
We have a daughter with a peanut allergy and have been looking for a book that would help her explain her allergy to firends and classmates. This book is it. It has beautifully illustrated graphics to accompany well written explanations of a variety of allergies. My kids brought this to pre-school and it really resonated with the teachers and the class as it turns out their were children allergic to soy, wheat and dairy in the class. Their teachers were especially complimentary of the book because it provided an easy way for her to explain everyone's allergies to the class. We purchased an extra copy to donate to the class so she can continue to share with future students. I highly recommend this to anyone who has children who suffer from allergies!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By E. Garcia on November 4, 2009
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I thought this was a cute story. However, I would have liked to see one bug with several food allergies. My son could have related a little bit better since he has multiple food allergies. I did like the activities in the back for each bug. The mantra throughout the book was ok but it would have been nice to see a mommy bug providing a safe snack.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By S. on June 21, 2012
Format: Hardcover
My kids really enjoy this book immensely (5 yo boy and almost 4 yo girl). Both kids are peanut and tree nut allergic, and they liked hearing about their own food allergies, as well as the other more common types of food allergies.

I read the negative reviews after we had borrowed the book from the library and both kids had given it thumbs up. I agree that the book can't stand alone and serve to explain what food allergies are; however, I don't think that's the intent of the book at all. What the book does offer is perspective (food allergies are real), information (here are the Top 8 foods that cause most food allergies and here are the things that can happen if someone eats a food they're allergic to), reassurance, (just because you have food allergies doesn't mean you can't enjoy activities), and a great way to start a more in-depth conversation about food allergies.

The extra information in the back, which includes a quiz for kids to test their knowledge of foods that contain specific allergens, is helpful in both teaching kids with food allergies what they need to avoid and teaching others what foods their food allergic friends and classmates can't eat.

The first few times I read the book to the kids we spent about 30 minutes afterward discussing it. The illustrations are wonderful and the rhyming story is really cute. I highly recommend it.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 8, 2011
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My two-year-old son has allergies to milk, eggs, peanuts, soy, fish, treenuts, coconut and peaches. He absolutely loves this book! There is a section in the back that goes thru each allergy and asks kids what foods that Bugabee should avoid--which is nice, because there are pictures of food he can have and can't have, and the "can have" usually outnumbers that can't. It has helped him understand why some foods are "yucky" for him, but that it is ok. He gave this book to his preschool class last year duing food allergy week, and is going to do it again this year on Monday.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Heather Goodreau on October 7, 2013
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LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this book!!! My youngest child has several severe food allergies and this book was a great help in explaining to my older children why we've had to change some the foods we eat as a family. I feel as though this book will also be great in helping my youngest to understand his allergies and know that it's ok to have them and that he's not alone as he gets older!
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My son has Eosinophilic Esophagitis. He is tube fed and has 3 *save foods*. We have been searching for a good story for him to share with friends and family, and one that is appropriate and fun for him. Most food allergy books are about anaphylactic reactions to a single food item. Since our son doesn't have just a milk allergy, or just a peanut allergy, those types of books are not a good fit for us. This book was about 8 friends each with a different allergy. The story had a fun rythm to it. The pictures were adorable. The story was great! It is simple and sweet.
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The book is very attractive with brightly colored and attractive illustrations. I think it does a nice job of addressing the issue of food allergies at a simple level. At the back of the book there is a section that parents can use to discuss allergies with their children. I got it for my granddaughter and have not given it to her yet so I cannot report on how she and her parents liked it. I think the book will be best for preschoolers through first or second grade.
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My kids and I love this book! The rhyming text and colorful pictures make for a great story-time read. The simple story addresses the serious issue of children's food allergies (all 8 of which are covered!), but in a fun way that promotes understanding, and offers ideas for alternative foods and activities. Any parent who has struggled with finding a positive message for their affected child will not only find this book helpful, but love how beautiful it is.
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