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Jack's Diabetes: Understanding and Dealing With Type 1 Diabetes Kindle Edition
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Well illustrated and concise, the book serves as a primer for someone first encountering diabetes (particularly a child diagnosed with it) and serves as a sincere pep talk about the prognosis for someone with the disease.
I felt the need to deduct one star because I felt the topic deserved a longer treatment, which I'm sure Mr. Bentrim could provide. Also there was a minor issue with a changing point of view, but hey, I'm a long time English teacher and a stickler for such things. But that doesn't detract from the overall positive impact of the book. Thank you, Mr. Bentrim.
The focus of this short book is to give children a chance to relate to Jack as a regular fifth-grade kid. Jack has to face a tough diagnosis and once he accepts the new reality comes to understand that his is a relentless but controllable condition.
Jack is tougher than he knows and once he realizes all the regular things he can do, embraces his choice of an insulin pump.
Bentrim is quick to point out that he’s not offering medical opinions or expertise but rather this book can serve as a teaching tool for children to understand what another peer might be enduring. For children who are themselves diagnosed, the book can be a snapshot of how life may be different in some ways, it can also be the same in many others.
The story opens with Jack, a young boy playing baseball. He is thinking back to the previous year when he was first diagnosed. Jack runs through the symptoms he suffered; weight loss, tiredness, perpetual thirst and countless trips to the bathroom. He also remembers the day his parents took him to see the family doctor, the taking of blood samples and the day the results came back. Jack recalls how the doctor explained diabetes in a way that was clear and simple, yet not simplistic and also dispelled myths about the disease. Most importantly, the doctor explained how Jack could lead a normal life, which Jack goes on to do.
We see all of this from Jack's point of view, which makes for very engaging reading. The illustrations are very helpful in making it easy to identify with the young man.
In the author's note at the beginning of the book, Mr Bentrim states that one of his goals in writing is, 'to demystify or explain to children the basis of some of the confusing situations in their lives.' I think he's done a first rate job.