Toilet Paper Flowers: A Story for Children about Crohn's Disease

Toilet Paper Flowers: A Story for Children about Crohn's Disease

by Frank J. Sileo, Martha Gradisher

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School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 1-3-Julia, a young girl with Crohn's disease, tells her friend that when she sits on the toilet for a long time she constructs toilet-paper flowers to make herself feel better. This launches a discussion between the two girls about how painful, depressing, and embarrassing the condition is. While the author, who suffers from the disease, is an expert in gastroenterology, his attempt to explain it to children is unsuccessful. The writing is stilted, and the illustrations are static, featuring two orange-tinted, very wide-eyed girls. While well-intentioned, this title misses the mark.-Christine A. Moesch, City of Tonawanda Public Library, NY Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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Health Press NM
Publication date:
Product dimensions:
8.44(w) x 10.96(h) x 0.13(d)
Age Range:
8 - 16 Years

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Mark Goldman
"Toilet Paper Flowers is a wonderful resource for kids with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). With great sensitivity and understanding, Dr. Sileo has created a story that serves both young children and adolescents in learning how to cope with one of the most difficult aspects of having IBD -- telling friends about your disease. This cleverly written and colorfully illustrated book will help the 140,000 children under 18 who suffer from Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis know they are not alone. "
Chairman of the Board of Trustees Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America
Fred Saibil
" This wonderfully written book provides some basic knowledge about Crohn�s disease, most of it in simple easy-to-understand language. Knowledge is power, and even the limited knowledge that can be grasped by a child is helpful in establishing the coping process. This is a story about a young girl, who confides in a friend of hers, about the fact that she has Crohn�s. "
author of "Crohn�s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis"
Joel R. Rosh
" In Toilet Paper Flowers, Dr. Sileo combines his personal Crohn�s struggles with his professional experience as a licensed psychologist who has treated many children and adolescents with Crohn�s disease. Combining these experiences with a unique sense of compassion and creativity, he is able to send a message of openness and hope to the children and adolescents who have Crohn�s disease as well as their families. This will become a must read for all my patients with Crohn�s Disease."
MD, FAAP, FACG Director, Pediatric Gastroenterology Atlantic Health System Associate Professor of Pediatrics University of Medicine and Dentistry New Jersey Medical School

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