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I'm Tougher Than Asthma! (Concept Books (Albert Whitman)) Paperback – March, 1999

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 and up
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten and up
  • Series: Concept Books (Albert Whitman)
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Albert Whitman & Company; 1 edition (March 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807534757
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807534755
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 7.9 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,783,936 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 3?Siri leads an active life that is interrupted periodically by bouts of asthma. She tells readers about her first attack and what she does to control her disorder. Large, well-composed, full-color photographs follow the text closely, showing the child's family, activities, and medical treatments. The first-person text flows naturally. An appendix answers common questions and offers a list of resources and books. A nice addition to place alongside William and Vivian Ostrow's All about Asthma (Albert Whitman, 1989).?Martha Gordon, formerly at South Salem Library, NY
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Booklist

Ages 4^-7. With his daughter, Siri, as the engaging, optimistic voice of the text, Carter, the author of several books for older children and teens, tackles a condition that impacts his family. Siri simply and clearly explains what happens when you have asthma, what it feels like to have an attack ("like this great big animal--a tiger, maybe--was sitting on my chest" ), and what can be done to manage the condition, by doctors and parents, and eventually, by children themselves. Some of the photos are obvious setups, and a few have an unattractive yellowish cast, but most are unaffected, homey scenes of Siri at home and at school, sometimes being given medication by her parents, sometimes playing actively with her brother, her classmates, and her friends. The balance between basic information and personal story seems just right for the intended age group. One of the better recent books on a subject that has definitely begun to gain the attention of children's writers. Stephanie Zvirin --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Denise M Clark on September 5, 2000
Format: Paperback
This book has strong information about asthma as well as a real child's experience to relate it to. My son liked reading it and, as medical director of a pediatric asthma educational program, I am purchasing some for our grade school participants. I think it helps kids to understand they are not the only one with an illness and that an illness can be incorporated into everyday life, if you are a partner with your doctor in helping to control it.
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More About the Author

Alden Carter's thirty-year career includes publication of novels for young adults and adults, nonfiction books on a wide range of topics, and picture books for and about special needs children. Among numerous awards, his novels have been named six times to the American Library Association's list of Best Books of the Year. His adult novel of the Civil War, Bright Starry Banner, was awarded the prestigious John Esten Cooke Fiction Award. A popular speaker, he has given over 600 presentations in schools and at conferences for writers and educators. A former teacher and naval officer, he lives in Marshfield, Wisconsin, with his wife, Carol. They have two adult children: Brian, an architect, and Siri, a college student.