I was very pleased to be offered the opportunity to review the children's book, Sticky Icky Booger Bugs, about a little boy with cystic fibrosis. Thankfully, my girls are both healthy, but I think it's important for them to be educated about the different conditions that other children their age are faced with. This helps them to be more understanding and empathetic to those they meet as they get older. I never want them to be judgmental or hurtful to someone. This book is helping me to teach them that even though the little boy is sick, he's still just like any other kid.
Sherry wrote Sticky Icky Booger Bugs after her sons, Kory and Kevin, were diagnosed with cystic fibrosis. She wanted to explain aspects of the disorder using words they could understand. To tell you the truth, even though I've heard of it many times, I really didn't know until I read this book what cystic fibrosis really was. This book tells of the day in the life of Kory as he patiently sits through his daily therapies, takes his different medications, and lives the life of a regular boy who loves to play soccer with his friends at recess and play with his best friend Cody after school.
I loved reading this book to my 5 and 10 year old girls. I really appreciated it's simplicity which made it easy for them to understand. The illustrations are colourful and fun and gives us the opportunity for further discussion. This book is great for any family, regardless of whether or not you know of someone with cystic fibrosis.
Author Sherry Frith is the mother of three boys and the founder of Helping Hearts, a nonprofit organization. She has patents and copyrights pending in various areas and lives each day full of new ideas and grace. Sherry lives in Bakersfield, CA, with her sons—Kyle, Kevin, and Kory.
Illustrator Carol Newell Walter majored in fine arts at Wayne State University and earned a BA and teaching credentials from California State University– Bakersfield. Now retired, Carol and her husband live in Bakersfield, CA, where she continues to create all kinds of artwork.
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