Sugar Was My Best Food: Diabetes and Me

Sugar Was My Best Food: Diabetes and Me

by Adair Gregory, Kyle Carney Gregory, Carol Antoinette Peacock, Mary Jones
     
 

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Diabetes brought big changes for 11-year-old Adair and his family. He learned to prick himself to test his blood-sugar level and got used to two insulin shots a day. For a while he was too weak to run track or ride his bike.See more details below

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Diabetes brought big changes for 11-year-old Adair and his family. He learned to prick himself to test his blood-sugar level and got used to two insulin shots a day. For a while he was too weak to run track or ride his bike.

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"A useful title for children with this disease and those who want to know more about it."

School Library Journal

Children's Literature - Dr. Judy Rowen
Adair's first person account of the impact of juvenile onset diabetes on his life is eye opening. It never occurred to me that a child could hear the word "DIE-a-bee-tees" and assume it meant he would die. We follow Adair from his initial diagnosis, through a special camp for kids with diabetes and back into school the next year. Unlike fictionalized accounts, it takes Adair a while to feel better physically, and even longer to accept his new lifestyle. An excellent resource for schools, physicians, and families affected by diabetes or other chronic conditions of childhood.
School Library Journal
Gr 3-4Adair Gregory recounts how his world was turned upside down by diabetes. His initial reaction was typical-he felt scared, alone, weird. What he did next was anything but-he wrote this book for kids his age. He describes his ninth year-from symptoms and diagnosis to treatment, diabetes camp, and participation in a fund-raiser for diabetes. What is truly exceptional here is the boy's emotional candor: his surprise at the diagnosis, his squeamishness about daily injections, his frustration about taking inconvenient blood-sugar readings, his fear about his physical well-being, his disappointment at not being able to eat candy at Halloween, and, most of all, the loneliness of being different. He is also keenly perceptive about the wearying effects on his family, even the pets: "We were one big worry." His parents, however, worked with their son's doctors and school to move beyond the "it's awful" stage and gradually drew out the boy's resiliency. This appealing book is packaged with a colorful cover and has charming black-and-white illustrations. The chapters have catchy titles and the text adeptly blends medical details into the story. Adair's snail and e-mail addresses and a promise to answer every letter appear at the end. A useful title for children with this disease and those who want to know more about it.Abigail Jane Goldberg, Brooklyn Public Library

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807576489
Publisher:
Whitman, Albert & Company
Publication date:
01/01/1998
Series:
Concept Books Series
Pages:
56
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.06(h) x 0.23(d)
Age Range:
8 - 13 Years

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