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Trick-Or-Treat for Diabetes: A Halloween Story for Kids Living With Diabetes Paperback – August, 1999


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About the Author

Kim Gosselin, author and mother of a child living with diabetes, knows firsthand how difficult a holiday centered around candy can be. She is the author of Taking Diabetes to School and Rufus Comes Home, two other books dealing with diabetes, as well as seven other titles on the topic of children and various chronic health conditions. Kim is the 1998 recipient of the National American Lung Association's Presidential Award for her work with children living with chronic illnesses and the 1998 National Family Friendly Business Award winner.

She resides in St. Louis where she continues to write and publish books for children.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 and up
  • Paperback: 28 pages
  • Publisher: Jayjo Books; 1 edition (August 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1891383078
  • ISBN-13: 978-1891383076
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 8.2 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #601,854 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Carol Watkins on May 31, 2001
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Many of our holiday traditions are built around food. Some, such as Thanksgiving, are at least built around a complete meal. Halloween tends to emphasize the eating of large quantities of sweets.
Even kids who have adjusted well to their diabetes may feel left out during food-oriented celebrations. At such times, other kids are allowed to break their usual meal patterns. The child with diabetes is made more acutely aware of his or her difference.
The story illustrates a mother and daughter using creative problem solving. The girl is fairly confident with her usual diabetic management, but goes to her mother for advice on how to deal with special situations. The mother enlists the help of the girl's grandmother and teacher. Together they make plans that allow the girl to participate in the Halloween festivities and enjoy a few sweet treats without compromising her diabetic control. She exchanges most of her treats for money, and keeps a few of her favorites for when she has a low blood sugar emergency. The family also emphasizes that many of the fun, social parts of Halloween can be enjoyed whether or not one is eating all the same things as one's friends.
I think that the Halloween plan in this book might work well for many children with diabetes.
Carol Watkins, M.D.
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