Imagine being a kid and not being able to eat cookies, pizza, or spaghetti like your friends. Many kids have to avoid these foods because they contain gluten, a protein in wheat and other grains that is toxic. This is especially true for kids with celiac disease, a particular form of gluten intolerance. Noted expert, Nancy Falini, MA, RD, LDN, draws upon her vast experience in counseling gluten-free patients to create a delightful activity/coloring book that helps parents and caretakers educate children ages 4-11 about what it means to live on a gluten-free diet. Delightful illustrations help communicate basic concepts....such as how gluten damages a child's small intestine in simple, easy-to-understand terms....that clarify the idea without confusing the child. After each chapter, multi-sensory learning activities assist parents and caretakers in guiding the child through the book. For example, one activity asks kids to draw the path of food as it goes through their bodies. Clever, happy-face stickers are provided for kids to label their own gluten-free food. Kids want to fit in and Falini knows that a special diet often sets kids apart from their peers at a time when they desperately want to be a part of the gang. That's why parents and caretakers love the easy-to-follow instructions that help kids explore their thoughts and feelings along the way. A portion of the profits from this book are donated to research on celiac disease.
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As a publisher of specialized books for the gluten-free community, I'm delighted to publish Nancy Falin's book, Gluten-Free Friends. The book was originally Falini's masters thesis, and she used concepts from the book very successfully with her patients for years before it was finally published in 2003 by my company, Savory Palate Press. The book is timely given recent research that 2.2 million Americans have celiac disease....more than those with Parkinson's...or multiple sclerosis...or Crohn's. A portion of the profits from this book are donated to research on celiac disease.From the Author:
"I wrote Gluten-Free Friends: An Activity Book for Kids for the 4-11 age group to help them learn how to make the right food choices on a gluten-free diet," says Nancy Falini, MA, RD, LDN. "If they make the right food choices, they can be healthy and take part in their favorite activities....just like other kids, she adds. Falini's book features Megan and Ben, two friendly gluten-free kids who:
1.Explain what gluten is in simple, easy-to-understand words
2.Describe how gluten makes celiac kids get sick
3.Decide which foods to avoid on a gluten-free diet
4.Demonstrate how to make the right food choices to be healthy My goal is to help children make the right food choices independently when their parents aren't there to guide them such as at school, parties, or a friend's house, says Falini. A portion of the profits from this book are donated to researcn on celiac disease.
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