The Peanut Pickle: A Story about Peanut Allergy

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Living with a peanut allergy is hard, and peanuts are everywhere! Ben ate peanut butter when he was young and he had a bad allergic reaction. At first he was too scared to speak up about his allergy and tell people that he couldn’t be around peanuts. Now at six years old, he knows that speaking up is very important, since he encounters food with peanuts at school, at T-ball practice, at birthday parties, and during the holidays. Because Ben’s friends and family care about him, they are always understanding of his...

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Living with a peanut allergy is hard, and peanuts are everywhere! Ben ate peanut butter when he was young and he had a bad allergic reaction. At first he was too scared to speak up about his allergy and tell people that he couldn’t be around peanuts. Now at six years old, he knows that speaking up is very important, since he encounters food with peanuts at school, at T-ball practice, at birthday parties, and during the holidays. Because Ben’s friends and family care about him, they are always understanding of his condition and are happy to put away dangerous foods if Ben asks them to. 

The Peanut Pickle will help children learn how to tell others about a food allergy and explain that they need a safe environment. It will teach them how to deal with difficult and awkward situations that inevitably arise when a child has a life-threatening food allergy. It also includes a guide for parents to help their children with food allergies.

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Children's Literature - Alison Johansen
Ben is a six-year-old with a life-threatening allergy to peanuts. With two children in every classroom having a food allergy, this book is a must-read for kids with food allergies and those that care for them. Jacobs does a wonderful job explaining what having a peanut allergy means on a daily basis. Not only cannot Ben eat anything with peanut in it, but he also can’t touch anything with even the smallest peanut residue on it, like a friend’s hands. Ben shows how he stays safe throughout his day. When a friend wants to bring peanuts to the park, Ben asks him to leave them at home. When his cousin wants to bring peanut butter sandwiches over, they make pizza instead. When a teammate brings peanut butter granola bars to practice, Ben asks him to hand out snack after practice; they end up having lemonade instead. When his grandmother brings candy without an ingredient label, Ben explains why it is not safe. Jacobs shows the very real scenarios in which kids may encounter their food allergens and how they can stay safe by being careful and communicating. At the end of the book, Ben rides his skateboard, saying his peanut allergy is a part of him and goes wherever he goes, and that is okay. It is a beautiful ending to a challenging topic. With realistic pictures that illustrate the real emotions kids with food allergies experience, Roslyn hits a home run. Jacobs also offers five important rules for kids with peanut allergies, a note to parents, and seven guidelines for decreasing reaction risks. Reviewer: Alison Johansen; Ages 3 up.
School Library Journal
.K-Gr 2—Six-year-old Ben does a good job of advocating for himself by helping others understand his peanut allergy. He knows the right questions to ask of all the adults and peers with whom he comes into contact and he's vigilant about observing situations where there may be the presence of peanuts. For instance, a neighborhood friend stops by to play and is licking peanut butter off his fingers just as Ben opens the door. Ben has a great attitude about his serious allergy; he knows how to be explicit and friendly but firm about his needs. Unfortunately, the title is never really explained, so children may not understand what "being in a pickle" means. Also, the illustrations are a bit off-putting because it appears that Roslyn has used the same head shot of Ben on several pages but changed the body a bit; and the heads of all the characters are fairly detailed, while the bodies and clothing are less so. Functional, at best.—Maggie Chase, Boise State University, ID
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781616086725
  • Publisher: Sky Pony Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2012
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 388,771
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

JESSICA JACOBS has a master’s degree in the health care field from the University of Michigan and has been an advocate for children with peanut allergy for the past decade. She lives in Michigan, with her two children, one of whom has a severe peanut allergy.

JACQUELYN ROSLYN is a student and visual artist focusing on children’s book illustration and medical illustration. She lives in New York City.

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