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Free to Be Gluten Free! Hardcover – June 1, 2013
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Great little book! Will consider for our children's section of the library. (netgalley review)
Additional review- I did get to read the book! It is fantastic! Absolutely perfect for our little guys. I've realized that kids have a hard time conceptualizing things that they cannot see, and this really allows for them to understand what is going on inside of them!I brought it to Healthy Kids Day at the Summit YMCA on Saturday, and it was a big hit! (Brain Balance of Summit)
We don't have ANY good books like this one to help children with either gluten intolerance or Celiac Disease. I'm glad this can help both. Love the images! This is perfect for story time!
I can't thank you enough for sharing your journey. It's made a huge difference for Krishna. He is more adventurous in eating than he has ever been in a long time ! We enjoyed the lemon seed loaf today! (G)
I have to let you know my son has read the book free to be gluten free every day since we got it. His sister can't even believe it then she gets drawn in to. It's especially hard to keep our eyes off that gluten monster ! Thank you and your beautiful family for sharing your energy with us. (Gertrude NJ)
Fabulous book! I will be sure to recommend it to all my friends. Great Illustrations. I like the fact that you added some recipes. Linda Rossini, RDH
From the Author
Check out Pathways to Family Wellness Issue 37 Spring for my article "Hopping Off the Gluten Train." I'll post it on Heatherspergel.com also. We've had such an interesting journey from gluten intolerance to gluten-free (and corn free). Through the Integrative Assessment Technique, we discovered that my son's rashes and mood swings were all due to gluten (and corn). ... as our daughter reached age 3 we discovered the same. Due to my son's condition, I discovered my own intolerance as well! I wrote this book with my son, about his emotional journey- from a mess of emotions and trips to the bathroom to being so full of glee that he jumps and runs and is full of life!
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It is difficult for children to understand exactly what gluten is; however, this creative author depicts it as a little mischievous monster (the "Gluten Monster") giving children the ability to better connect their symptoms to gluten intolerance. This book is written from a young boy's point of view...using his language, his descriptions, his imagination, his feelings...all VERY relatable to every child who is also struggling with these issues and fears but also struggling to put it into words for parents, teachers, etc to understand.
I encourage all readers (including teachers) who have a child or know of a child who struggles with gluten sensitivities to read this book. I would also encourage parents to sit down and examine this book along with your child. My eight year old son has a gluten intolerance. His symptoms have included behavior, fatigue, irritability, constipation, stomach upset, bronchial issues, asthma, sinus issues, etc. While reading the book, he would point out sections in the book and say, "That's just like me, mom!" He was so excited to see how he was feeling described in a way that he could relate to and point out to others. He was even more excited to find recipes hiding for him in the back of the book. Too bad we read the book at bedtime as he wanted to go straight to the kitchen and get started!!
Many children are fighting a secret battle with their own little "Gluten Monster"...and many parents are left scratching their head not knowing that the monster even exists in their child's world. This little menace can cause numerous issues including tummy, sinus, bronchial, behavior, skin, fatigue, irritability, mouth sores, and more. Books such as "Free to be...Gluten Free" by Heather Spergel is a great way to help get the message spread to be on the lookout for the "Gluten Monster".
~ Lindsay K. - My Picky Gluten Free Kid, www.mypickyglutenfreekid.blog.com