June 24, 2011

Book Reviews: Allie the Allergic Elephant & Cody the Allergic Cow

Cody the Allergic Cow, by Nicole Smith, illustrated by Maggie Nichols

A cow allergic to milk?  Cody is a young cow with a loving family and a passion for soccer, and he happens to have a dairy allergy.  He wears an allergy bracelet, knows to bring his own snacks to games, learns how to identify common milk-based foods, and remembers that having an allergic reaction is no fun.  His mom carries epinephrine in her bag in case of an accidental ingestion.  A simple book for young ones to enjoy and learn from. 

Allie the Allergic Elephant by Nicole Smith, illustrated by Maggie Nichols

Allie is a cute young elephant who is allergic to peanuts!  With simple and engaging language and cartoon-like drawings, little kids will love Allie and her story.  I read it to my boys, 4 and 6, and it prompted a discussion about symptoms of an allergic reaction in a very matter-of-fact way.  I appreciate how the book describes Allie as special and unique because of her allergies.

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