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Barrett's Unusual Ice Cream Party Perfect Paperback – April 17, 2012
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"Barrett's Unusual Ice Cream Party is a very informative and enjoyable book for children. If your child suffers from food allergies or has any friends that do, this is a great book to help them understand their condition in a child friendly way, with a wonderful lesson."--Courtney Brietstein, Author of Baby Talkers Blog
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That said, there are times Haydn gets left out. If I don't realize his children's group is going to eat cookies at church, then he will have to watch the other children eat cookies without him. His children's minister has decided to keep Haydn-foods available for such occasions, but there are still slip ups here and there. I was excited to read this book aloud with my son. He enjoyed it, even though it may be directed to a slightly younger audience. We are even going to try the ice cream recipe at the end of the book.
If your child has friends who do not understand his food allergies, this book might be a good gift for them or their parents. It would also be a good classroom read aloud, since so many children have at least one food allergy. Kids need to understand that different doesn't mean bad or uncool or weak.
Why do we love this book?
1. The illustrations are lovely. Very bright, simple, and cheery for young children to enjoy.
2. The author does a very good job of bringing the issue of food allergies down to the level that a small child can understand.
3. King quietly applauds the efforts of parents in feeding their food allergy children special treats. In fact, she includes the two recipes that are used in the story at the end of the book: Homemade Vanilla-Coconut Ice Cream and Mom's Delicious Banana Muffins. A special thanks from me to Michelle King on this hidden little gem in the book!
4. King poignantly describes the isolation that children with food allergies (or any child with a disability) feels with their peers. She brings you into the isolated world of a "special" child and shows you how seemingly small events can be a big issue for those who suffer with food allergies.
5. Barrett's Unusual Ice Cream Party concludes by showing the reader how food allergies do not have to be isolating as long as others will come along side those who suffer from this disease. Everyone has a "special" component in their life allowing us to relate to one another. Why not capitalize on those areas we share and empathize in the areas that make us different, instead of excluding and isolating with a focus on the differences.
Outside of the story itself, I love that my 4 year old daughter gets excited about reading this book. She doesn't have food allergies, but has an understanding of them because her brother does.Read more ›
This book is about a kid who struggles at school because he has some Celiac Sprue and many foods make him sick. Because of this he can't eat the food at school and doesn't quite know how to handle it.
Great distinction between food intolerances and allergies.
Shows how knowing other people with a similar challenge can be comforting.
Shows how learning how to explain what you have to others can really help a child who is struggling.
Good story that my children loved listening to. I read it to my 6, and 8 year old and my 9 year old read it by himself. They all loved it.
I recommend this book to kids who struggle from allergies, food intolerances, etc, or who know somebody who does and wants to understand them better.
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We loved this book! My daughter is 8 so she read it herself and we talked about it. I read it myself later on. Read morePublished on September 3, 2012 by Janelle
I received a review copy of this book and enjoyed reading it. While I don't have children yet, this is a great book for any child struggling with food intolerances or allergies. Read morePublished on July 23, 2012 by EKN
I was excited to receive a copy of Barrett's Unusual Ice Cream Party to review. After reading the book, and asking my husband to read it too, we decided not to allow our son to... Read morePublished on July 22, 2012 by Amazon Customer
Let me preface this with the fact that I really wanted to like this book. As a person with celiac I was excited for a piece of children's literature to read to my niece who never... Read morePublished on July 18, 2012 by AliKat
This was a sweet story about a child who felt different and left out until he meets another child who is also "different". Read morePublished on July 10, 2012 by VetMama77
I was given a copy of this book to review, I'm so glad that I did. This book is a great help in simply explaining gluten intolerance and dairy intolerance in a kid friendly way. Read morePublished on July 10, 2012 by Whitney
I read this book to my kids who are all intolerant to dairy, soy and gluten. My 8-year-olds face lit up after we read it, as she exclaimed, "He's just like me!! Read morePublished on July 8, 2012 by Dairy Free Mama
As a retired elementary teacher and also mother of a child diagnosed with Celiac Disease, I saw the need for an explanation of this disease and the gluten free diet every year with... Read morePublished on July 7, 2012 by Marie