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Reviewed by Ray Simmons for Readers' Favorite
In A Pickle Over Pandas is probably the most NECESSARY book I've reviewed this year and I've reviewed quite a few. I think it is a must-read for anyone with children. The PANDAS in this children’s story is not describing our furry black and white friends from China, but a very frightening disease that I had never even heard of. Trust me, parents, when I say you want to read this book because the symptoms can easily be misdiagnosed and the longer that happens the more serious the effects on your child. Melanie S. Weiss is a Registered Nurse who wrote this book from the first person point of view of a child going through this illness so as to explain what’s happening to children with the disease without frightening them. This is as noble a reason to write a book as any I have ever heard. I certainly learned a lot, and I want to repeat that every parent should read it because diagnosis is tricky, and this is one of the things you want to eliminate first from the list of what might be wrong with your child.
Melanie S. Weiss has written an elegant, simple and straight to the point book with appropriate pictures and vocabulary. There are a lot of needed explanations that are simple enough for children and their parents to understand. If you love children and if you have children, you can’t lose by buying and reading In A Pickle Over PANDAS as part of the proceeds go toward PANDAS/PANS research. PANDAS is the acronym for Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorder Associated with Streptococcus.