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WIN a copy of Marty’s Nut-Free Party [CLOSED]


Marty loved to party.

At every party, Marty was the first to arrive and the last to leave.

That was before Marty found out that peanuts make him sick.  Really sick.

One in ten children now have a food allergy.  For young children, birthday parties are the highlight of their year.  But for children with food allergies, parties can be difficult.   Young children are messy eaters.  Little hands dip in and out of bowls of food.  Faces, fingers and clothes get covered in sticky treats.  The potential for cross-contamination is enormous!

Marty’s Nut-Free Party is a beautiful new children’s book by author and former radio presenter Katrina Roe. With Notes for Parents and Carers by Dr Elizabeth Pickford from RPA Allergy Clinic, this book is a great resource for schools, daycare centres and pre-schools. As the parent of a peanut-allergic child, Katrina aims to teach allergic children, their friends and families to negotiate the minefield that is living with a food allergy, especially at party time. 

Marty’s Nut-Free Party is a story about a cheeky monkey who loves to party.  Unfortunately Marty finds out he is allergic to peanuts and parties are no longer fun or safe for Marty.  Marty and his friends have to find a way to make their parties safe and fun for everybody. With gorgeous illustrations by Leigh Hedstrom, Marty Nut-Free Party shows allergic children they can still have as much fun as everyone else.

“It was such a shock when we found out our daughter Caillie was peanut allergic,” Katrina says.  “That kind of thing only happens to other people.’”

Katrina and her husband found themselves on a steep learning curve, trying to deal with their daughter’s egg, tree-nut and peanut allergies.  “I remember the first time I gave her a pumpkin scone,” Katrina recalls.  “She took one bite and vomited all over her high-chair.  I checked the recipe – there was one egg in a batch of 24 scones.  One bite was enough to make her violently ill.”

Marty’s Nut-Free Party focuses less on the pragmatic side of peanut allergy and more on the social issues it raises.  This book is relevant for all children with food allergies, not just those who are peanut allergic.  It will be a useful resource to teach the allergic child’s extended family, friends and teachers how to take good care of them.

You can contact Katrina via email katrinamacdonaldroe@gmail.com, or on facebook www.facebook.com/katrinamacdonaldroe

For your chance to win one of three copies of Marty’s Nut-Free Party, enter below:

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* Unclaimed prizes will be redrawn after 7 days

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