Beckmin Goes to School
A Book for Celiac Kids
Written By: Christy E. Bykowski
Illustrated by Chad Thompson
This is a great educational picture book about how celiac disease affects kids. It shows kids of all ages how different the life of a child with this disease is and how to cope by making decisions and eating gluten-free foods.
Beckmin was about to head out to kindergarten for the first time. But once he got to school, the other kids quickly learned that Beckmin couldn’t eat everything that the others ate. He couldn’t eat anything that contains gluten, or he would get sick. So, he couldn’t eat the same kind of cereal that everyone else ate. Even things like glue had gluten in it and so he had to use gluten-free glue. He also couldn’t share his lunch with his peers. But Beckmin was a regular kid in every other way. He was able to talk to his friends about the decisions he has to make to stay gluten-free.
What a great story with a great lesson. Just because someone is a little different – and has to eat different food from us – it doesn’t mean they aren’t normal in every other way. In fact, we can hang out with them, and they may be the best friends to have. After reading this book, children will learn how to get along with kids who have celiac disease.
The illustrator did a splendid job illustrating this picture book. The illustrations are expressive and encouraging to children. Overall, this is a great book for kids of all ages.
Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth