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As a mom of special needs children, I am finding myself always explaining our kids’ differences or special needs or hoping more parents will share information with their children to help them understand that other children have special needs. Because of this, I also want to be sure I share resources with our children to help them understand other children’s special needs as well. When offered the opportunity to review Sticky Icky Booger Bugs by Sherry Frith, I was excited to share this resource with our children.
Sticky Icky Booger Bugs is a book written for young children (recommended Pre-K to age 7) to understand cystic fibrosis. It is written in a way that young children can understand and illustrated with appealing pictures that help tell the story as well. 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.
In Sticky Icky Booger Bugs a young boy named Kory shares a look into what a day for Kory looks like. He’s just like other little boys that love to play, but he has to do special things each day to keep the Sticky Icky Boogers Bugs away so he can stay healthy and avoid trips to the hospital.
I really appreciated that the book was written from Kory’s perspective because I felt like it was easier for our kids to relate and understand. It really helped open up conversation to help them understand that these are things people with cystic fibrosis have to do to stay healthy so they may not always be able to play at certain times or have the type of flexibility in their day that others do. It is a great introduction for children who are unfamiliar with cystic fibrosis.
About the Author:
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.
About the Issutrator:
Illustrator Carol Newell Walter majored in fine arts at Wayne State University and earned a BA and teaching credentials from California State University– Bakerffield. Now retired, Carol and her husband live in Bakersfield, CA, where she continues to create all kinds of artwork.