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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: 10.1 x 10.2 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,683 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.

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This book is great at explaining food allergies to kids.
Nicole M Matheson
I also the interaction at the end of the book; what a great way to reinforce everything that was just read and how to engage with the book in a fun way.
Kathleen M. Geist
This book has lovely, bright pictures, and is wonderfully written!!
Catie Lucas

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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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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3 of 4 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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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Susie Bazil on October 30, 2011
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My children do not have allergies, but many of their friends do. 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. The story is sweet with an important message of acceptance and the illustrations keep the kids engaged. What a great title to have at home and in the classroom!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Big Mama on October 17, 2011
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I LOVE this book. It covers the 8 most common food allergies explaining what might happen if the allergic bug eats each, and how it might be treated. The repetition and rhyming make the story a fun read too. The colors and pictures are great! I read this to my son's 1st grade class, and they were absorbed. The questions and pictures in the back do a lot to test what kids know and explain what foods are safe or unsafe. It is educational, entertaining, and a "must have" for any family with kids with food allergies.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Love My Baby on September 20, 2011
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My 3 year old loves his book- makes me read it over and over again- it's very kid-friendly and fun for a topic that is serious! He's allergic to Peanuts/Tree Nuts and Eggs and I think for his age, it's helpful in helping him understand his food allergies.
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