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What's Up with Ella? Medikidz Explain Type 1 Diabetes Paperback – 16 Sep 2009
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About the Author
Dr. Kim Chilman-Blair is a medical doctor with 10 years experience of medical writing, and a passion for providing medical information that makes children want to learn. John Taddeo, formally of Marvel Entertainment, is a celebrated comic book writer and director of two award-winning animated-shorts. Peer reviewer Professor Peter Hindmarsh specialises in Paediatric and adolescent endocrinology and diabetes. He is a Professor at University College London and Honorary consultant for University College London Hospitals and Great Ormond Street Hospital. Peer reviewer Professor John W. Gregory is Professor in Paediatric Endocrinology at the University of Cardiff.
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It has some good information about what causes type 1 diabetes, presented in a very humorous style - for example, it shows glucose molecules in the bloodstream only being allowed into the cells when accompanied by an insulin molecule - the cells are depicted as nightclubs with bouncers on the door and a sign saying "couples only". Later there is a battle between an army of immune-system "soldiers" and a group of beta cells in the pancreas who were busy working on a factory line producing insulin. This is a great new approach to explaining type 1 diabetes, and my son (8 years old) loved it.
HOWEVER, the book unfortunately lets itself down by blaming the central character, Ella, for not looking after her diabetes (and having a hypo, AGAIN!!), and going on about how the responsibility for the condition is hers and hers alone. This is not the supportive message that a newly diagnosed child is going to want to hear! Diabetes management is not a simple matter of your doctor working out a "just right" dose of insulin, as it says in the book. It is incredibly complex, and children need to know that they will have the support of their family, their clinic team and other adults. After reading this book, a child who has difficulty with hypos is going to feel like a failure.
Use this book with caution!
Finally, I could not disagree more with the reviewer that thinks its wrong to urge the child to take some personal responsibility, as a parent you can't handhold your kid forever, especially as they get older. So encouraging the child to do what it has too is actually in its best interest. I pity the parents that teach their kids not to take responsibility because they want to be 'supportive' but then finds that you can't stand over a growing teen 24/7 and heavens forbid something happens.
The main character is a girl, but this did not put him off as she is popular. This was important, because ever since he was diagnosed with diabetes, he has felt like a bit of an outsider, because he is different. The idea of superheroes is also fantastic, because he thought they were 'cool'. They use really good analogies to help the children understand what is going on inside their own bodies, where as the hospital pamphlets that we were given tended just to focus on what medication he should take, this explained to him exactly what was happening inside his body - which me and my husband also benefited from reading about! The book is about 30 pages long - but the length didn't matter too much because we read it to him over two nights. All in all a really good idea, and really helpful for parents of children with illnesses.