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Celia and the Glue Man
Brand:Loving Healing Press
Illustrator:Elizabeth Hasegawa Agresta
Celia isn't like the other kids in class. She has a gluten allergy.
Life without cookies, cake and pizza is no fun, so Celia decides to break the rules – just this once. She eats a cupcake. What follows is what you might expect. Celia gets sick. Really sick. So sick she decides to give up gluten for good. But she's not happy about it. Then, she meets someone who changes her perspective.
"I love this book! What a beautiful message to send to young people about how to turn circumstances around. It's all about the food of love and friendship that is the most sustainable, energetically charged nourishment, not only for young people but for our shared humanity. There should be an open space on all book shelves to welcome this heartwarming story." --Laura Parisi, Food Shaman, Reiki Master, Founder of Rooted Angel Cooking School
"I cannot say enough good things about this book. I LOVE it! The biggest challenge to following any special diet is the emotional component, rather than a lack of knowledge. Maggy finds a creative way to guide kids who are struggling with dietary restrictions to reach a place of acceptance. I also appreciated the very useful visual of the glue monster, especially since that's essentially what gluten is!" --Ashley E. Daub, pediatric dietitian, MS, RD, LD
"A book that is both fun (and rhyming!) and important for kids to understand how celiac disease works and what it means for kids at school. It will appeal to those who have the disease, as a comfort and explanation, and to their friends who may not understand why they can't share some foods." --Jacqui Lipton, author and literary consultant, Authography LLC
"Finally! A book for young children that describes one girl's story of learning to look at her food sensitivities in a different way. Instead of making her feel isolated and lonely, this book shows that living gluten-free can be a bonding experience. Written in rhyming verse, this book teaches about compassion, acceptance, embracing who you are and finding happiness." --Tyla Taylor, teacher, coach, mentor, musician, and gluten-free eater