The Peanut-Free Café

The Peanut-Free Café

by Gloria Koster
     
 


All the students at Nutley School love peanut butter, especially Simon. For Simon, peanut butter is essential. But then new student, Grant comes to school. Grant is allergic to peanut butter and can't sit near anyone eating it. Should the principal forbid peanut butter in the cafeteria? What will the students of Nutley School do if they can't have peanut butter…  See more details below

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All the students at Nutley School love peanut butter, especially Simon. For Simon, peanut butter is essential. But then new student, Grant comes to school. Grant is allergic to peanut butter and can't sit near anyone eating it. Should the principal forbid peanut butter in the cafeteria? What will the students of Nutley School do if they can't have peanut butter for lunch? Simon comes up with a clever idea. The school can have a peanut-free café! It will be a fun place to eat and watch movies, where the only admission is a peanut-free lunch. The other students gladly give up their peanut-butter lunches to be in the new café with Grant, but can Simon give up the food he loves the most?

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Marilyn Meyerson
According to the book's afterword, one in twenty children has a food allergy. In this story, it is Grant, a new student at the Nutley School, who has a peanut allergy. His classmates are accustomed to enjoying peanut butter sandwiches for lunch. Most of the children make an easy adjustment, but it proves difficult for Simon, for whom peanut butter is a lunchtime staple. The story resolves with the establishment of a "cool" peanut-free cafe. Finicky eater, Simon even expands his diet to add a peanut-free lunch course. Teachers and school administrators will appreciate this fictional story that shows how a school accommodates children with peanut allergies. It can serve as a prompt for open classroom discussions about allergies, allergic reactions and the use of epi-pens. The story may also reassure students who have such allergies. The characters act in a constructive fashion, welcoming the new student with allergies, and finding a way to make peanut-free lunches fun and inviting for all. The cartoon-like illustrations feature a diverse student body. An informative note to parents and teachers contains helpful facts and suggestions. Readers will giggle at the tongue in cheek names of Nutley School's principal and lunch lady, Ms. Filbert and Ms. Hazel. Reviewer: Marilyn Meyerson
Children's Literature - Jennie DeGenaro
It amazes everyone at Nutley School when Grant, a new student, is allergic to peanut butter. He cannot sit at the table where anyone is eating peanut butter. The first day Grant has to eat alone because most of the children have brought peanut butter in their lunches. Simon, one of the students, loves peanut butter and cannot imagine anyone who cannot eat it. Simon suggests to the principal that setting up a fun table, peanut butter free, would cause children to want to sit there. The principal arranges for baskets of popcorn and a movie to be provided for the "Peanut-Free Cafe." No child can sit there if peanut butter is in the lunch box. Simon loves peanut butter so much, but he asks his mother to fix anything for his lunch except peanut butter. He gets to join the fun table with Tilly's Ten Bean Chili. After school and on week-ends, Simon still eats lots of peanut butter. The last page is a message from Dr. Scott H. Sicherer from Mount Sinai School who explains the seriousness of allergies in children. The children in Nutley School demonstrate compassion for a new student who has a serious problem.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-The most popular food at Nutley School is peanut butter, and Simon eats it on a bagel every day. Then a new student who has a peanut allergy comes to the school. Principal Filbert makes a peanut-free lunch table, and anyone who has a peanut-free lunch can eat there. Grant sits there alone. Simon suggests that they make the table a fun place, and the school starts a Peanut-Free Cafe that features snacks, arts and crafts, and a movie for the admission of a peanut-free lunch. Simon can't participate because he is unable to give up his favorite food. Finally he convinces himself to eat something else so that he can join his friends, but after school and on weekends he still enjoys peanut butter. The story addresses several important topics, all with a lighthearted touch. Cocca-Leffler's humorous and exuberant illustrations make the book fun. An informative and colorful selection, told in a nonthreatening way that kids will relate to.-Debbie Stewart Hoskins, Grand Rapids Public Library, MI Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Allergies to peanuts can kill and Koster and Cocca-Leffler demonstrate these dangers with brightness and feeling, using Simon and his multicultural classmates as foils because, guess what their favorite lunch food is. Enter Grant, a new student with the peanut allergy. He dramatically mimes choking, eyes squeezed, tongue stuck out, "If I eat just one peanut or anything made with peanut oil, I can't breathe." Grant explains he has to have a shot immediately and then tells them that peanut butter was not allowed in his last school. Simon and his principal thoughtfully consider what to do and the solution becomes much more fun than experiencing the joys of peanut butter. The final note comes from the Jaffe Food Allergy Institute, an appropriate end for the only bibliotherapeutic picture book about peanut allergies. An attractive package with a heavy mission that manages to keep its balance. (Picture book. 4-6)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807563878
Publisher:
Whitman, Albert & Company
Publication date:
07/01/2012
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
376,831
Product dimensions:
10.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.30(d)
Lexile:
AD700L (what's this?)
Age Range:
6 - 8 Years

Meet the Author


Gloria Koster is an elementary school librarian. It is there where she gets her ideas for her stories. She lives in New York with her family.

Maryann Cocca-Leffler is the author-illustrator of numerous books for children, including Princess K.I.M. and the Lie that Grew and Princess Kim and Too Much Truth. She grew in Everett, Massachusetts and majored in illustration at the Massachusetts College of Art. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband Eric and two daughters. When not in her studio working on a new book, you can find her digging in the flower garden or visiting school near you! www.maryanncoccaleffler.com.

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