Bittersweet Holidays

Written by Nadya Klimenko

Illustrated by Rayanne Vieira

This book is about food allergies. I know about food allergies because I have a bunch of them (sesame seed, peanut/beans, dairy, egg, soy, gluten). It makes it hard to participate in some events at school and that is what this book is about.

Misha Bear is sad because his class has a lot of food parties for holidays. He can not join in because he is allergic to some of the food. He even eats at a separate table at lunch. His class decides to make their parties allergy safe. They bring in safe foods and non food items. Misha can join!

I liked that this was about food allergies. It explains how hard it is to be the food allergy kid during a party! It is very hard. My mom usually brings me alternate food. That isn’t quite as much fun.

I recommend to people who would like to learn about food allergies. Kids should read it to understand why they may not be able to bring peanut butter sandwiches to school.

I am lucky that I just get sick and grouchy if I eat my allergy foods. Some people can end up in the hospital or die if they have theirs.

One cool thing about this book is some of the proceeds will go to allergy research!

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