Friday, February 14, 2014

Children's picture book review: Sticky Icky Booger Bugs. A day in the life of a young boy living with Cystic Fibrosis

*Homeschooling Mom 4 Two received a complimentary copy to facilitate this review. All opinions are my own*
Sticky Icky Booger Bugs

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

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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  1. This is SUCH a great idea! Before I stayed at home, I was an Respiratory Therapist and when I did my rotations with kids, I saw CF first hand. What a great idea to get kids to feel comfortable and understand what is going on in their bodies. #SITSblogging

  2. Honestly, I don't really know what cystic fibrosis is other than it can be deadly. Thanks for sharing this book review with us. I think learning about diseases and disorders that affects others can help us to be more understanding and compassionate.

  3. What a great theme for a book! Love that it's at the level for kids to understand!

  4. This is an awesome idea and I applaud your pro-activeness! My girls love books and one of the first books we ever read together was one called "Everyone is Different." It is so important to teach acceptance and one thing I find myself repeating over and over is "love is love, people are people, love people." Thanks for the review! Heading over to Amazon to check it out!

  5. Thanks for taking the time to read and review Sticky Icky Booger Bugs!

  6. I think it's brilliant that this book is out there - Personally very keen to get hold of a copy. I too think its very important to discuss with my boys how everyone out there is different but equally special and no-one should be mocked or judged. To have a book which can give them the insight into such sensitive issues and have a better understand can only be a positive thing.

  7. I think this book would be great for my nephew!

  8. Any kid that picks their nose

  9. This book would be great for my 3 kids. I really like them seeing a variety of life experiences and gain understanding & empathy about them.

  10. This book would be great for my children, I have a very close friend from high school that has Cystic Fibrosis, who would also love this book to share with people.

  11. This would be perfect for my little ones , they are so inquisitive!

  12. This would be great for both of my boys!

  13. This book would be great for my girls!

  14. I think this book would be great to add to my class library!

  15. This book would be beneficial to all children. I remember finding out about this disease and other real experiences from others lives via one hour tv documentaries and there just isn't enough of these. Reality tv (which isn't) seems to have voided out the tv time that really mattered in life. :)


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