Half children’s book, half parents’ guide, Diabetes ABC is a well-researched book about children’s diabetes. Its unique presentation is aimed at pre-school- through elementary-school-aged children, along with their caregivers.
The left side of the page is targeted to children, offering ideas about diabetes from the child’s point of view. These are presented in alphabetical order, one letter per page. “A,” for example, stands for “anger, alone, attitude, and acceptance.” The text notes that “When I think about having diabetes, I get mad…Sometimes I feel all alone.”
The right side of the page offers corresponding information for parents/caregivers. On the “A” page, for instance, it talks about the emotions diabetic children struggle with and offers advice on how to help children cope with these feelings. The “F” page, “for friends, family, and food,” is chock full of information about the importance of checking food nutrition labels, not referring to the child’s meal plan as a restrictive diet, and many other tidbits.
While the book offers helpful information, it could have benefitted from a strong edit. The parents’ text is often too lengthy and visually dense and occasionally repeats information. At times, the author loses her focus, addressing parents and children interchangeably. (“It is best to have a meal plan, so the child will eat the right amount of healthy food at the right time. Know that when you eat is as important as what you eat…Do not skip meals!”)
While the A-Z listings on the children’s side are refreshingly brief, they are also disjointed and unfocused at times. “C,” for example, stands for such disparate concepts as “causes, carbohydrates, and cell phones.”
Despite such jarring moments, however, the book is crammed with useful information for any parent or caregiver of a diabetic child. Those willing to overlook the book’s flaws will find an upbeat and informative resource for children and parents alike.
Also available as an ebook.