The Day I Met the Nuts

The Day I Met the Nuts is a story about a boy who is allergic to nuts.  He finds out that he is allergic to nuts when he eats “double chocolate muddy-nutty cake” at a birthday party. He immediately has a reaction and has to visit the doctor and get a shot and medicine. The book takes the reader through visiting the doctor, specific feelings that he has about changing his diet and the challenges he has when buying food at the supermarket with his mom. In the end, he realizes that he can eat many different types of food and that his friends love him for who he is, regardless of what he is allergic to.  I personally relate to the story because my son is allergic to nuts. I have to check the labels and make sure that he doesn’t eat anything with nuts in it.  I think that this book would be helpful for both children with and without allergies. When reading this book, I  would ask your child if they know of anyone who has a nut allergy in their class. Children with and without allergies should be aware of what a nut allergy is and how dangerous it could be. Language concepts include expanding vocabulary, feelings, categories (ask your child to categorize nut foods and nut free foods), problem solving, recalling information and storytelling.

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