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Dixie Wants an Allergy

Dixie Wants an Allergy

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by Tori Corn, Nancy Cote

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It’s Dixie’s first day of school and some of her classmates are sharing details about their various allergies. Bridget tells of her wheat allergy and how she gets to order a special meal from restaurants. Dixie thinks that must be a really special meal! And Charlie had to be rushed to the hospital in an ambulance once due to his dairy allergy. Dixie thinks


It’s Dixie’s first day of school and some of her classmates are sharing details about their various allergies. Bridget tells of her wheat allergy and how she gets to order a special meal from restaurants. Dixie thinks that must be a really special meal! And Charlie had to be rushed to the hospital in an ambulance once due to his dairy allergy. Dixie thinks that must have been thrilling! Even Hannah gets to wear a fashionable bracelet due to her peanut allergy. Dixie races home and begins to eagerly search for the slightest sign of an allergy. After many failed attempts, Dixie discovers that she is allergic to something after all. But is getting what you wish for actually as exciting as it once appeared?

Dixie Wants an Allergy provides a comical and engaging approach for children who are beginning to learn about and who are coping with allergies—and who also have trouble finding what makes them unique. Corn’s playful text and Cote’s inviting illustrations encourage children to accept those with differences while learning that wanting what others have is not always a good idea. For ages 3 to 6, and a good addition to any preschool or Kindergarten classroom for read-aloud time. This book not only introduces children to the realities of allergies, which many of their peers will have, but also teaches the important lesson of being careful what you wish for.

Sky Pony Press, with our Good Books, Racehorse and Arcade imprints, is proud to publish a broad range of books for young readers—picture books for small children, chapter books, books for middle grade readers, and novels for young adults. Our list includes bestsellers for children who love to play Minecraft; stories told with LEGO bricks; books that teach lessons about tolerance, patience, and the environment, and much more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
K-Gr 3—Dixie is starting school and learning interesting things about her classmates. One of her most intriguing discoveries is that many of them have allergies. Special meals, sparkly bracelets, ambulance rides—all sound fantastic to her. Oh, how she wants an allergy, too. Determined to find one, she exposes herself to dust, frolics in the garden among the flowers, and gobbles too many pistachios—to no avail. One day, however, while working in the garden, the neighbor's new cat wanders over, sending Dixie into a sneezing fit. She has found her allergy, but is it really all she had hoped it would be? Dixie may think twice about the possible results of future wishes. This lighthearted and humorous story shows children the possible downfalls of wanting what others have. It also gives a subtle message that "all that glitters isn't gold" and encourages children to think about all aspects of a situation. With allergies being a huge concern in today's society, this is a topic that young children will undoubtedly be exposed to. The story briefly mentions various allergies and reactions to them as well as precautionary measures. The illustrations are bright, colorful, and inviting and add to the story's overall appeal. A great addition, particularly for opening a discussion of allergies.—Amy Shepherd, St. Anne's Episcopal School, Middleton, DE

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Age Range:
3 - 6 Years

Meet the Author

Tori Corn, a former textile designer, spent many years designing fabrics and home furnishing products. She is very pleased that she switched careers and decided to become a writer and illustrator. Her first book, What Will It Be Penelope? was published in May 2013.

Nancy Cote, a national award-winning children’s book author/illustrator, has illustrated over thirty picture books and written five of her own. Her stories, illustrations, paintings, murals, and poems have been featured in many magazines, exhibits, and collections throughout the country. Nancy has no known allergies except for poison ivy, which doesn’t stop her from hiking and exploring whenever she isn’t working.

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Dixie Wants an Allergy 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
InspirationalAngel531 More than 1 year ago
Title: Dixie Wants An Allergy Author: Tori Corn Illustrator: Nancy Cote Publisher: Sky Pony Press Published: 4-1-2014 E-Book ASIN: 13-978-62-87-991-7 Pages: 26 Genre: Children's Fiction Overall Rating: Excellent Reviewed For: Net Galley Reviewer: DelAnne Do you remember the old adage that goes, " Be careful what you wish for you just may get it!" Dixie is about to learn it very well. While in school one day Dixie and her classmates where talking when the subject of allergies comes up. After learning how some had allergies and received special things or went on exciting ambulance rides Dixie decides she wants an allergy too. Dixie begin to search for an allergy of her own. Find out what happens when she finally discovers hers and the consequences that come because of it. Dixie wants an allergy is a delightful tale that entertained my young niece and nephews, ages 4 and six. Following the reading of the book we talked about what envy sometimes makes us do. We also discussed allergies as one of my nephews and I both have them. How it is not a fun way to always have to check what you eat and how food is prepared. (in my case) and how he can sometimes not go to certain friends homes because they have long haired pets. So what seems like special to some can be hard on those that have to live with it day to day. Dixie envies her friends because of all the things she sees as fun can sometimes be scary. If you are looking for a good way to bring discussions to the young children in your life about life altering illnesses such as allergies, then this is the one you will find to pull them into conversation about health issues. Not to mention the enjoyment they will get from the fun story and beautifully done illustrations. Pick up a copy to share with the children in your life today.
Storywraps More than 1 year ago
"Dixie Wants an Allergy."  I was very lucky to be able to interview the main character of the book after gaining permission from both mom and Dixie's teacher.  Once you meet her you'll adore her and what she learned about allergies.  As I entered her school I was informed a room was prepared for us in which I conducted the interview.  Here is what transpired...... Marilyn:  Hello Dixie, thank you so much for talking to me today. Dixie: Welcome. Marilyn:  How old are you Dixie and what grade are you in? Dixie:  (shyly)  I am five years old and in Kindergarten this year. Marilyn:  Do you have lots of friends in Kindergarten and what's special about them? Dixie:  (gently tugging at her braids) Well there's Bridget and she gets to eat special meals in a restaurant, Charlie who ate a cheese omelet and had to go to the hospital in an ambulance and Hannah who gets to wear a special sparkly bracelet because of peanuts. Marilyn: Do you know what that is called when your friends have to be extra careful of foods they cannot eat? Dixie:  Yea.....allergy! Marilyn:  Do you have an allergy Dixie? Dixie:  Well I kind of felt bad because all the other kids had one and I wanted one real bad too.  I wanted to be treated special....just like them.  I went home and looked and looked to see if I could find one for myself.  I looked under my bed for dust, found dust, but wasn't allergic to it.  Went out to the garden to to see if maybe flowers would do it but no, not allergic to them either. I kept trying but finally had to give up - I was clean. Marilyn:  I hear you did manage to find something you were allergic to is that right? Want to tell me about it? Dixie:  Mommy and I were planting flowers outside in the garden and our neighbour's new cat, Puffin came over because he was curious to find out what we were doing.  I patted him and he was soft and cuddly and then I picked him up to snuggle him. He was so cute. Marilyn:  Did he like you doing that?  How did that make you feel? Dixie:  He kept rubbing his head on my shirt and then I started to sneeze, my eyes started to itch and my skin turned all pink and bumpy.  I knew then I had an allergy and I didn't like it one little bit.  Marilyn:  Did you find a way to treat your allergy and make you feel all better? Dixie:  Mommy gave me yukky medicine, put cream on my pinks but it was real, real itchy for a long time.  I don't want allergies now. I'm done. Marilyn:  Did you think maybe wishing for an allergy was not the best wish you could have made? Dixie:  Yea.  But then I wished for something really better....and I got that wish....but I can't tell you what it is now because it would spoil the surprise in the book. Marilyn:  Ohhhh, let's not spoil the surprise for my readers.  Thank you for sharing your thoughts and feelings with us.   Highly recommended and the illustrations were amazing  and fit the storyline perfectly.
eheinlen More than 1 year ago
At first, I was worried that this book would make children want an allergy, but the clever way in which it was written should make them realize how important it is to be happy being who you are and being happy with what you have.