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Reviewed by Deanna R Sweeney for Readers' Favorite
Special Food for Sam: Allergies (Felix and Booboo), by Dr. Nicole Audet, is about a boy named Felix who offers to bake cookies to share with his soccer team. One of his friends on the soccer team, Sam, is allergic to nuts, eggs and cow’s milk. This makes finding a suitable recipe a little more difficult, but he is able to get one from Sam's mother. Felix's friend, Booboo, and his magical doctor's bag help him to bake the cookies safely. The eggs, nuts, and cow's milk are confused and a little hurt that they are being excluded from the recipe, but Mr. Long explained about the allergies that Sam had and what could happen to him if he ate them. Mr. Long helped them understand why they were excluded from the recipe and made them feel better. Felix takes the cookies to his soccer team and shares them with everyone the next day. Sam was especially grateful for the cookies.
I chose this book to review because it touched on something in my life. My nephew is deathly allergic to nuts and he had a few very close calls because people in his school did not understand about allergies. This book does an excellent job of relating this important topic to youngsters in a way that is fun and engaging. The pictures in the book are beautifully done and partner with the written words perfectly. I also really liked the quiz provided at the end that summarizes the main points in the book. This will make it a good tool in the classroom for teachers as well as at home for parents. Well done!