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The Princess and the Peanut Allergy

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  • Posted September 16, 2012

    The Princess and the Peanut Allergy is a story that talks about

    The Princess and the Peanut Allergy is a story that talks about allergies with children. A young girl named Regina is having a princess birthday party. She wants to invite her best friend Paula. At school, Regina explains the details of her party to Paula. She explains her princess theme, playing Space Dragons, and the details of her perfect cake. As Regina explains the castle cake, brownie bricks, and ice cream cones with candy towers, Paula stops her to ask what kind of cake it is. Regina says that she is having peanut candy and peanut brownies. Paula explains to Regina that she is allergic to peanuts. She cannot have anything with peanuts in it, not even one small peanut. Regina is upset that Paula cannot eat her perfect birthday cake. The girls are angry at each other when they leave school that day. After talking to her mom at home, Regina goes to sleep and dreams about the princess and the pea. She dreams about how small the pea was and how much it bothered the princess. She decides to go to the bakery and asks the baker if she can make a perfect birthday cake without peanuts, not even one. The baker says that she can make the cake perfectly. Regina calls Paula and tells her she changed her cake for the party. Paula is very excited and enjoys the cake at Regina’s party.
    This story is very interesting for young children. It teaches them that allergies can be very serious. The girl in the story is considerate of her friend’s allergy and changes her party food. I would use this book in my classroom as a teacher. I would probably talk about allergies and the seriousness of them. I would talk about being considerate of people with allergies and not joking with them about their allergies. If I were to do an activity in my classroom with this book I would explain to my students that we may have food allergies in the classroom and we should make signs for those allergies. I could have the children make signs that say “no peanut butter, no peanuts, no chocolate, etc.” Whatever the allergy is, I can have the children make signs saying what they cannot have in the classroom. This way, children are more aware of the allergies in the classroom and they understand what they can and cannot have.

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