A book designed specifically to help young epilepsy patients understand their condition and overcome their fears When Jimmy is diagnosed with epilepsy, he starts to worry. What is happening to my body? Am I ok? Does this mean I’m different from other kids? Jimmy and the other young patients in the neurologist’s office get a visit from the Great Katie Kate, a spunky redheaded superhero who appears when kids get worried. Katie Kate takes the children on a medical adventure to learn about the various forms of epileptic seizures and treatments. Along the way, they meet the Worry Wombat, a creature that appears when worries loom large. As Jimmy and his new friends to ask questions about their condition and its triggers, they make the Worry Wombat disappear! This superhero saga provides an entertaining and indispensable tool for parents and medical professionals who are seeking a positive way to help young epilepsy patients understand their condition and deal with their fears. As a well-respected physician who specializes in the treatment of women and children, the author presents challenging medical concepts in clear, accurate, and understandable prose. This is the fourth book in the Great Katie Kate series, helping young children with serious illnesses understand their condition and live with confidence.
|Publisher:||Greenleaf Book Group Press|
|Product dimensions:||8.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.40(d)|
|Age Range:||3 - 5 Years|
About the Author
M. Maitland DeLand, M.D., is a radiation oncologist specializing in the treatment of women’s and children’s cancer. One of the leaders in her field, she is the chairman of the Health Education Authority of Louisiana Board that serves to promote medical education, research, and healthcare throughout the state. Dr. DeLand also serves as a member of the Breastcancer.org Professional Advisory Board. She has dedicated her career to helping her patients and their families lead balanced and rewarding lives.
Jennifer Zivoin is a children’s book illustrator living in Carmel, Indiana. Although she has been trained in media ranging from figure drawing to virtual reality, her passion is bringing stories to life through her watercolor paintings. Her most recent work has been creating illustrations for Brian James’s popular Pirate School series.
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THE Great Katie Kate EXPLAINS EPILEPSY
By M. Maitland DeLand, Jennifer Zivoin
Greenleaf Book Group PressCopyright © 2014 M. Maitland DeLand
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One night, as Jimmy was sound asleep, his trusty dog Bjorn began barking. Bjorn was very concerned. Something was wrong.
Jimmy's mother heard Bjorn barking and ran into Jimmy's room. "What's wrong, Bjorn?" she asked. Then she saw why the dog was worried.
Jimmy was in his bed, but he was shaking and he didn't seem to hear Bjorn at all. He was covered in sweat. "Jimmy, what's happening?" his mother cried. But Jimmy didn't answer.
Jimmy's mother called for help right away. This was not the first time that she had found Jimmy shaking and unable to hear her ask if he was okay. It was time to see the doctor to find out what was wrong.
Bjorn barked again. "Don't worry," Jimmy's mother said. "I called an ambulance."
Jimmy woke up in a hospital bed in the emergency room.
"What happened to me?" Jimmy asked. "I don't remember coming here. I started to feel funny and I tried to call out to Bjorn, but I couldn't even remember his name. After that, I don't remember anything."
"You had a seizure," the doctor said in a reassuring voice. "To help us find out why, I'm going to send you to a neurologist."
A seizure? A neurologist? Jimmy began to worry.
Jimmy's mom held his hand. "I'm right here, Jimmy."
A nice nurse took Jimmy down the hall to the neurologist's office. In the waiting room, Jimmy sat down on the floor next to some other kids who were playing.
Just then, a whirling ball of energy blasted into the room. Jimmy covered his eyes.
When Jimmy opened his eyes, he saw a small redheaded girl in a cape. She had freckles across her nose and a giant, bright smile.
"Hello, Jimmy, I'm The Great Katie Kate. I'm here to help you understand what happened to you and why you're here."
"But I don't know what's happening, and I'm really worried," Jimmy told her.
"Since you had some seizures, you might have a special condition called epilepsy. I'm going to tell you all about it. See that Worry Wombat hiding over there?" Katie Kate pointed to a furry creature that was hanging out near the magazine rack.
"The Worry Wombat?" Jimmy asked.
"The Worry Wombat shows up when kids get worried. But all you have to do is ask questions and learn as much as you can about why you're in the hospital, and he'll take a hike."
Jimmy smiled. "He looks funny."
"Oh, he's a real character!" said Katie Kate. "Now let's get started learning more about epilepsy."
"The first thing to remember," Katie Kate told Jimmy, "is that lots of kids have epilepsy. As many as one in twenty-five kids have it. And there are different kinds of epilepsy and different kinds of seizures. Isn't that right, Susan?"
Susan nodded and smiled. "One morning I was combing my hair when my arms started jerking. Then they stopped. Later, when I was eating breakfast, it happened again. I got milk all over me."
"It sounds like you had myoclonic seizures, Susan," said Katie Kate.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is a fantastic book for explaining to children what epilepsy is, the different types and how it is treated. The pictures are beautiful. They would make any child want to read the book. A little less pink might have been more attractive for some boys, but the main character is a boy so that will probably balance things out for most kids. I would want to read it to my child if they were facing epilepsy. It uses fantasy elements, but the information it gives is very informative and realistic while remaining very hopeful. I checked my library and they have only two books on epilepsy for children and both are informational only and directed to older kids. The book points out that one in 25 children have epilepsy. I am so glad a book like this is available. I received this book as an advance copy from Goodreads. I requested it because I know someone who has a 4th grade son with epilepsy.