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"When I read this book to my children...they pointed out that Dad had a pump and they asked him what his numbers were."
When I came across the book "Can Mom Have a Piece of my Birthday Cake?" by Rochelle Stern, I was so excited. The author was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at the age of 32. Several years after her diagnosis she began writing a children's book to help understand what diabetes was. Using activities and simple and easy to read words, Rochelle teaches children healthy eating habits, how to eliminate the fear of needle pricks and shots, and the behavior changes associated with a high or low blood sugar. When I read this book to my children, they loved the mazes and other activities offered and had a better understanding after reading of what diabetes meant. They pointed out that Dad had a pump and they asked him what his numbers were. The book is appropriate for both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetics and is geared towards those children ages 4-9.
"...Will make clear to a child how diabetes affects you..."
“Diabetes can be a confusing disease from a child’s point of view. They know you cannot freely eat food containing sugar, yet they see that at times you need to eat sugar to feel better. This book will help make clear to a child how diabetes affects you, and provides useful ideas on how family members can help to make things easier. If I had had a book like this when I was eight years old, I would have understood much better my diabetic neighbor’s way of doing things. Highly recommended.”
— Ragnar Hanas, MD, PhD, Consultant Pediatrician, Uddevalla Hospital, Sweden
“In working with adults with diabetes, I have found that a good number of them find the many facets of the disease too complex to explain to their children. Here is a book that will give them the vocabulary they need to make talking about diabetes a piece of cake!”
—Sandra Byer Lubin, Certified Diabetes Educator and Nutritionist, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital