I am so happy to help get the word out about a fantastic new book for children about diabetes. “Diabetes and Healthy Eating” is co-authored by celebrity chef, Charles Mattocks and Kristi Grimm, author of the children’s book series, “Mommy Tell me a Story About…”, and illustrated by Kristi’s husband, Dave Grimm.
And, guest what? It is being released TODAY (July 4, 2013)!!
Read on to find out more…
Authors: Charles Mattocks and Kristi Grimm
Illustrator: Dave Grimm
Publisher: RICHER Press
Publication Date: July 4, 2013
Summary (Amazon) : DIABETES AND HEALTHY EATING is a new, full color, professionally illustrated children’s book. This 52-page treasure is uniquely designed to allow parents to creatively help their young children, and other members of the family, learn about healthy eating and the prevention & control of diabetes — a devastating health condition affecting over 300 million lives around the world. Along with an adorable main character, entertaining story line and compelling rhyme, you will also find special recipes, coloring pages and a special glossary of memory words, all intended to assist in teaching your child the importance of healthy eating and what is required to prevent and manage diabetes, whenever possible. Even children without diabetes will embrace the friendly, inquisitive and furry bear named Charlie B. Marley, who likes to be called Little Mar. Chef Mattocks is the nephew of the late reggae singer and star, Bob Marley. The use of the Marley name in this book is a tribute to his uncle. In the story, Little Mar loves cooking and wants to be a chef someday. When his Mom tells him that a really cool chef will visit his school, Little Mar is interested. But Little Mar gets excited when his Mom shares that the chef has diabetes too. Little Mar has lots of questions in his head about his diabetes and the foods he is now supposed to eat, so he plans to ask the chef for help. DIABETES AND HEALTHY EATING answers a child’s typical questions about food, sugar intake, exercise and healthy eating.
My Thoughts: I just loved the concept behind this fantastic non-fiction, rhyming picture book, Diabetes and Healthy Eating. We have already reviewed one of Kristi and Dave Grimm’s picture books, Mommy Tell Me a Story About a Plane and now the Grimm’s have teamed up with Celebrity Chef Charles Mattocks in this wonderful kid-friendly book teaching children all about diabetes.
There is an incredible amount of information in the book about the symptoms of diabetes (thirsty and hungry, “going to potty too often”; about how diabetes is diagnosed (i.e., a blood test); and, the basic science behind diabetes (i.e., the relationship between insulin and sugar and its effects). Following these simple-to-understand concepts, there is then a great discussion about the importance of eating healthy (including eating from the four food groups) and staying active, especially for diabetics. The authors do a great job of describing why each food group is important:
You need to eat low fat milk, soy, yogurt, and cheese,
Even low-fat ice cream is OK in small amounts please.
This will keep your teeth and bones strong.
If you want to run fast you need those bones long.
There are many great add-ons in the back including a glossary of some of the important terms (e.g., bones, blood stream, sugar, diabetes, etc.), an alphabet of good foods, many recipes for healthy eating (that are easily made by kids), many great colouring pages, and an excellent guide on diabetes for parents. These were all terrific additions to the book.
As with the “Mommy Tell me a Story About…” books, the illustrations are all wonderful. Little Mar is absolutely adorable and many of the pictures are very detailed so children will enjoy just flipping through the pages looking at the illustrations. I do have to comment that there is one page contained within the story that has product placement: the “Charles Bar” – a diabetic-friendly, gluten-free treat designed by the author, Chef Charles Mattocks. I have to admit that I was a bit disappointed by its presence in the middle of the story. I think it would have been more appropriate to discuss the product in the add-ons at the back of the book.
My Bottom Line: Overall, I think this beautifully illustrated, wonderfully-rhyming picture book has great educational value for children and their parents. It would be a great tool for teaching young children the basics about the symptoms, diagnosis, and management of diabetes regardless of whether they have diabetes or not. I would recommend this book to librarians, teachers, and parents who want to educate children 3 years and older about diabetes.
About the Authors and the Illustrator
Each career move Celebrity Chef Charles Mattocks has made has been in keeping with his desire to touch lives in a positive way. His need to create meals that were tasty, nutritious, and affordable led to his career as “The Poor Chef”. Appearances on The Today Show, Good Morning America, Martha Stewart, CNN and Dr. Oz gave him the opportunity to share what he had learned about feeding a family for less money. He became a sought after guest on local and regional radio and television stations. Once again he achieved success.
Then came devastating news. Charles Mattocks had type 2 diabetes. Reading all he could about the disease made him all too aware of how little he actually had known about diabetes. He was determined to save his life and knew he had to help others do the same. “The Diabetic You” documentary, website, and movement came out of that determination to educate and inspire people around the world. He is doing just that. From appearances on CNN, The Today Show, Anderson Cooper, Good Morning America and scores of other TV shows and radio programs across the country, to interviews in Huffington Post, Diabetes Health, Forecast Diabetes, his regular blog on the Dr. Oz website, and more, the world is learning about Charles Mattocks’ war against diabetes.
A tireless advocate for diabetics everywhere, Charles Mattocks is determined to help stem the tide of this deadly disease. The best is yet to come as Charles is traveling the world and creating programs in other islands and countries. A voice and a force for serious change, Charles will shake up the health industry.
Kristi Grimm and her husband Dave Grimm are natives of Arizona and work as a team. Dave illustrates and Kristi writes. Kristi and Dave have been married for over eleven years. Kristi is a paraplegic from a horseback riding accident when she was 15. She is a 1993 graduate of Biola University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree. Dave has worked as a city sanitation driver for 25 years. They are a blended family and together they have four sons. Their youngest son, Dillon, can be seen in all of their books as the little boy that asks Mommy to tell him a story. Kristi comes from a very strong Christian home which is the motivation for the values that she puts in her stories.