Back of Book:
Regina and her mom are busy preparing for her birthday party. It’s going to be a princess party with the perfect cake that looks like a castle and has ice cream cone towers. Regina is inviting all the girls in her class, including her best friend, Paula. Paula is excited, too, until she finds out about the cake. It will have nutty fudge brownies and peanut butter candies. Paula can’t eat that cake—she can’t go anywhere near that cake—because she has a peanut allergy. Regina really wants her cake, and she and Paula fight about it. That afternoon they both go home mad. But that night, after Regina reads her favorite story, “The Princess and the Pea,” she thinks more about her friend and the cake.
This past year I had several students who were allergic to nuts. We had many conversations in my class about how those students could not have nuts and that sharing snacks couldn’t happen. I found that reading picture books about nut allergies helped them understand why certain students couldn’t eat nuts. The Princess and the Peanut is a great story that shares with readers how to act when allergies affect their friends. It explains how some people have allergies to nuts. The text also teaches that that a person cannot catch allergies. I grew up allergic to peanuts and I would have loved to have a book like this. It teaches children to be aware and sensitive to others needs. I loved that in the two girls were able to come to a conclusion that would make them both happy. I think this is a must have for classroom reading, as well as to any child who has an allergy.
Ages 5 and up