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The Princess and the Peanut Allergy Hardcover – March 1, 2009
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From School Library Journal
Kindergarten-Grade 2—Regina can't wait for her birthday party, especially since she plans to have a fabulous castle cake made out of giant brownie bricks. Then her best friend tells her that she can't eat any of it because of her peanut allergy. Regina doesn't understand why Paula can't pick out the peanuts, and the two girls have a big fight, resulting in Regina uninviting her friend. The birthday girl has a change of heart after listening to the "Princess and the Pea" and decides that the cake can be made without peanuts. The story, while helpful for illuminating food allergies, is a bit pedantic, and it seems unlikely that Regina would be unaware of her best friend's allergy. The cartoonlike watercolor illustrations are attractive, but do little to elevate the unimaginative story. The book concludes with a note from a pediatric allergist. This title may be useful for teachers who happen to have students with food allergies and need a resource for other members of the class.—Beth Cuddy, Seward Elementary School, Auburn, NY
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About the Author
Wendy McClure is a columnist for BUST magazine and a children's book editor. Her essays have appeared in the The New York Times Magazine, The Chicago Sun-Times, and in numerous anthologies. She was born in Oak Park, Illinois, graduated from the Iowa Writers' Workshop, and now lives in Chicago with her fiance, Chris, in a neighborhood near the river.
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Food is everywhere! And this book poses the question: do you need to give up food, especially special, celebratory food, in order to have an allergic friend? In order to have allergies?
I was pleased that the answer was, simply, no. And that the story left my 1st grade son thoughtful - and asking questions.
Some of it is a little silly, like how the main charactor didn't know her best friend was allergic (didn't she have a peanut-free lunch table?)...and how she asked for the cake to be made with out peanuts, in a bakery that uses peanuts, without worries about cross-contamination. BUT, that might be too complex for kids to understand, so I think this is a great book for preschoolers, and am buying an extra copy for my daughter's class.