Abby's Asthma and the Big Race

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Abby has asthma, but that doesn't stop her from wanting to run in the big race. Although she is pretty fast, sometimes she may cough or wheeze and have an asthma attack. Jason, a boy in her class, teases her about her asthma and suggests she enter the pie-eating contest instead. But Abby is determined not only to run in the race, but to win it as well. With her doctor's approval and recommendations, she exercises every day with her father, takes her medicine, and does her breathing exercises in anticipation of ...

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Overview

Abby has asthma, but that doesn't stop her from wanting to run in the big race. Although she is pretty fast, sometimes she may cough or wheeze and have an asthma attack. Jason, a boy in her class, teases her about her asthma and suggests she enter the pie-eating contest instead. But Abby is determined not only to run in the race, but to win it as well. With her doctor's approval and recommendations, she exercises every day with her father, takes her medicine, and does her breathing exercises in anticipation of the big day. When that day arrives, Abby is ready. Will she beat Jason to the finish line? A note about exercising with asthma appears at the end of the book.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Meredith Kiger
Designed to help others understand the life that asthma sufferers experience, this story follows Abby, a young girl whose stated goal for her school year is to run in the big race at the fair. Even though Abby has experienced some ridicule from her classmates for her condition, she is undeterred in her desire to participate in the race. The book shows, through text and liberal color illustrations, the life of an asthma sufferer with inhaler use, breathing therapies and environmental influences on her well-being. The book encourages those with asthma to not give up on their dreams and proves that anything is possible if you follow the recommended guidelines for dealing successfully with asthma. Abby runs the race and successfully completes it. A note for parents from an asthma specialist is included at the end of the book. Reviewer: Meredith Kiger, Ph.D.
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K-Gr 2

Abby's goal is to run the big race at the fair this year. She thinks that she is fast enough to win, but she faces one major problem. She has asthma. Some of the kids in her class tease her because she can't run. In addition, she has an asthma attack after playing soccer during gym class. While practicing for the race, she often has to take puffs of her inhaler. Her teacher, father, and school nurse suggest that she enter the pie-eating contest instead, but her doctor encourages her to participate in the race with a reminder to warm up beforehand and to take her medicine every day. She becomes discouraged when she starts wheezing at the health club, but one of the trainers helps her and she attains her goal. The soft, colorful illustrations depict Abby's determination to not only run in the race, but also to win. This book helps explain asthma to children in a nonthreatening, easy-to-understand manner. The last page offers an explanation from a doctor about asthma and exercise.-Sarah Polace, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Parma, OH

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807504659
  • Publisher: Whitman, Albert & Company
  • Publication date: 3/1/2009
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,374,612
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.25 (w) x 10.25 (h) x 0.25 (d)

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