Most books about diabetes are aimed at adult readers. This book is geared to younger children and their parents, and children too young to read will enjoy the bright pictures. The well-done photographs show the daily activities of a young child with Type I Diabetes. The explanations are clear and age appropriate, and the approach is candid and realistic without being overly dramatic. What I especially like about this book is the emphasis on family involvement. The Question and Answer section and the Resources section are good starting points for more research on the subject. Families and medical educators will find this a helpful book for young diabetics. This would be an excellent book for an elementary school library. 2001, Albert Whitman & Company, $14.95. Ages 5 to 12. Reviewer: R. Thompson SOURCE: Parent Council, September 2001 (Vol. 9, No. 1)
School Library Journal
Gr 2-5-Natalie, who appears to be 9 or 10, introduces readers to her diabetes kit that she calls Philomena. Then, in a cheerful, conversational tone, she proceeds to explain the disease-its symptoms, testing, treatment, diet-and how she and her family manage her condition at home and at school. Color photographs on every page illustrate all aspects of the text-getting shots, preparing meals, practicing for emergencies, school activities, and playing with her sister. The book concludes with 13 frequently asked questions and answers about diabetes. Carol Antoinette Peacock's Sugar Was My Best Food (Albert Whitman, 1998) discusses the subject from an 11-year-old boy's point of view.-Martha Gordon, formerly at South Salem Library, NY Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.