Thursday, March 7, 2013

Review # 283: Diabetes ABC by Dr. Sherry L. Meinberg

    Diabetes ABC is a simple overview of diabetes and related conditions written for both children and adults. It provide tips for parents, caregivers, neighbors, friends, children and teachers about living with, and controlling, diabetes; while inspiring communication, awareness, understanding, and empathy.

     I will admit, I was a little worried when I saw that Diabetes ABC was marketed towards readers of all ages, but overall, I was very happy with the book's unique set-up! Pages on the left catered towards children, with easy-to-read-and-understand text and colorful illustrations, while right pages contained a more specific adult version of the same topic. For example:
"U is for undiagnosed and untreated.

I didn't know anything was wrong with me. 
My parents didn't either. 
Now we know how to handle my diabetes."
This children's passage was followed by more in-depth definitions and tips for parents and other adults regarding diagnosing and treating diabetes. I found the content excellent for any age group, but especially for children under 13. The book teaches children to accept the disease and take care of themselves without fearing their own bodies - a very important part of growing up with the disease. The dual set-up also seemed  like a great way to get children and adults to interact and bond through shared reading experiences; undoubtedly fostering communication and understanding about the topic. The book covered many aspects including: blood sugar levels, diet and exercise, emotional turmoil, genetics, injections and medications, and taking responsibility, etcetera. I definitely recommend Diabetes ABC to all parents, schools, and children, but especially to those affected, or close to someone with the disease.

Rating: On the Run (4/5)

*** I received this book from the author (Bostick Communications) in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

About the Author:

     Dr. Sherry L. Meinberg is an educator, author, and speaker. She has been featured in both local and national newspapers; interviewed on radio stations, television, and cable shows; conducted workshops and inservices in various states, as well as being a guest speaker at numerous meetings, conferences, and conventions. She recently retired as a core adjunct professor and a student teacher supervisor at National University in California. Now, instead of being restricted to a single classroom, she teaches to the world, through her books. To date, she has been honored with 68 awards. This is her 9th nonfiction book. She is all about getting the word out, and raising awareness. states, as well as being a guest speaker at numerous meetings, conferences, and conventions.

1 comment:

  1. Information in 'About the Author' is listed twice :)