The first book designed specifically to help young asthma patients understand their condition and overcome their fears When Julie, Andrew, and Claire have trouble breathing, they worry about what is going on with their bodies. As they sit together in the allergist’s office, the Great Katie Kate swoops in and takes them on a journey of discovery through the human body as she explains the nature and treatment of asthma and allergies. Along the way, the youngsters learn about their condition and its triggers and cause the Worry Wombat to disappear. This superhero saga provides an entertaining and indispensable tool for parents and medical professionals who are seeking a positive way to set young asthma patients on the road to recovery by helping them 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 third 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|
|Edition description:||New Edition|
|Product dimensions:||8.00(w) x 10.00(h) x (d)|
|Age Range:||4 - 6 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 OFFERS ANSWERS ABOUT ASTHMA
By M. Maitland DeLand, Jennifer Zivoin
Greenleaf Book Group PressCopyright © 2014 M. Maitland DeLand
All rights reserved.
Soccer practice is Julie's favorite activity of the week. Today at practice, her coach had the team working on kicks.
Boom! Julie booted the soccer ball to her teammate and sprinted up the field.
"I'm open!" she shouted, racing toward the goal. "I'm—" Suddenly Julie felt a tightness in her chest, and she struggled to catch her breath. She had to stop running and sit down.
Her coach ran onto the field. "What's wrong?" he asked.
"I can't breathe," Julie gasped. "I think I need help. I'm worried!"
"I know you're worried. It's going to be okay," her coach said. "We'll call your parents and take you straight to the hospital."
Andrew was visiting Sally at her house. Sally's cat, Jack, sat at Andrew's feet, swishing his furry tail. Suddenly Andrew started to cough, and he couldn't catch his breath.
Sally's mother raced into the room. "What's wrong, Andrew?" she asked.
Andrew struggled to talk. "I can't breathe. I think I need help."
"Stay calm and try not to worry," Sally's mother said. "We'll go to the hospital, and I'll call your parents on the way."
Claire had just finished lunch at school. Lunch was the best time of the day because Claire and her friends liked to share desserts. Today Claire's friend shared homemade peanut butter cookies. They were delicious with cold milk!
Suddenly Claire felt dizzy. She found her teacher and asked if she could visit the school nurse.
In the nurse's office, Claire began to breathe very fast.
"What's going on? I think I need help," Claire wheezed.
"Try not to worry. It will be okay," the nurse said. "I'm going to call an ambulance now, and we will call your parents on the way to the hospital. We'll get there fast!"
A few days later, Julie, Andrew, and Claire waited with their parents in the pediatric allergist's office. "I'm worried," Claire said.
"We are, too," Andrew and Julie agreed.
Then a nurse took their parents into her office so that she could give them some information about the first visit with the doctor.
Suddenly, a whirlwind swept into the room! It was a girl with red hair. She had freckles across her nose and wore a long, purple cape.
"Hi everyone!" the whirlwind girl exclaimed. "I'm The Great Katie Kate. I'm here to explain what happened to all of you."
The children listened carefully, their eyes wide with surprise.
"You are all at the allergist's office because you have asthma. Asthma is a condition that makes it hard for you to breathe sometimes," explained The Great Katie Kate. "I am going to teach you about it. And I am also going to teach you how to shrink the Worry Wombat."
"What's the Worry Wombat?" asked Andrew.
"The Worry Wombat is right there behind you. He shows up when you are worried or scared. But if you learn about asthma and keep asking questions, the Worry Wombat will disappear, and so will your worries."
And with that, The Great Katie Kate gave a twirl of her great purple cape and flew into the air.
"Hold on to my Katie Kate cape and I'll explain everything. Let's go!" she called to the children.
"Look at that giant bird," Claire said. "We've shrunk!"
"That's right!" said Katie Kate. "Okay everyone, breathe in."
Julie, Andrew, and Claire each took a deep breath.
"When you breathe in, you pull air into your lungs. Do you feel it?" Katie Kate asked. They all nodded.
"Now check out the billboard. The air comes into your lungs through tubes called airways. A different word for airways that you might hear a doctor say is bronchi. When your airways are clear, you can breathe easily. But when something in the air irritates your airways, they swell and start to close up. That makes it hard to breathe. When you feel like you can't breathe, you are having an asthma attack. You are young, so your airways are small and narrow. That means they can close easily when they are irritated."
"So what irritates our airways?" Andrew asked.
Katie Kate smiled. "That is what we have to figure out next. And that's why we needed to shrink!"
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