I know the heartbreak and anxiousness that goes along with being a food allergy (FA) parent. Although 3 of my 4 kids have them, this book is based on my son’s experiences growing up with multiple allergies to common foods such as dairy, soy, and egg. I hope this story provides food allergy kids with a character they can feel connected to and learn from. Just as important to me is a desire to raise awareness and compassion in those who interact with FA kids and their families.
In some ways, the timing of this release helps. With the pandemic, most are experiencing firsthand what it feels like to be unsure of whether they should interact or share food with another person. Everyone is working through the grief of missing important celebrations with their loved ones and friends—of feeling isolated. That will make it easier for people to relate to kids with food allergies and their parents. They feel that way often, and with no end in sight.
The book is called, If I Can’t Eat Flies What Am I? It is a story about Tad the frog. Tad is sad because he’s allergic to flies. Since everyone knows that’s what frogs eat, he’s sure he must be another kind of animal. So, the unhappy hopper heads out into the wide world to find out what he might be instead.
As he travels around the pond meeting a young duck, raccoon brothers, and a friendly cow, his efforts to find a place where he fits in just have him feeling even more like he stands out. Then, the frustrated little guy meets a magnificent medic bee who gives Tad all the information he needs to answer his question!
Will Tad realize he’s still a fabulous frog, no matter what he eats? You’ll have to read the book to find out. If you or your child like endearing characters, lighthearted learning, and clever rhymes, then you’ll love this book!
If I Can’t Eat Flies, What Am I? will help kids take a leap toward acceptance today! Learn more at www.aliciajpfaff.com.