With pride and the utmost excitement I just viewed the first illustrations for my fourth book.
In this book the assistance is summoned of an allergy aficionado to clarify the conundrum of cross contamination, the relevance of reading ingredient lists, the tangibility of trace as well the significance behind the statement, may contain.
Jenny and I are thrilled to share the upcoming release of our fourth book this fall 2016. Our hope is to have the series of six completed in print by Spring 2017.
Years ago, after having written my six little stories I posted a plea on Facebook looking for an illustrator. Jenny Terry, allergy mom and artist from Colorado, USA answered my call beginning what would be a now five year partnership.
Jenny and I have never met, we have talked on the phone maybe 3 times, not once have we video chatted as well we rarely text. Yet amazingly our partnership as our vision is seamless. With only the odd email our entrepreneurship is effective as we share the same passion for the books and as their need and purpose.
To Jennifer, for bringing my stories to life through your incredible illustrations I cannot express enough thanks.
As it takes a village to raise a child it as well takes a community to create ones dream. This journey has equally been a test of ingenuity as well that of patience and perseverance.
For the years of support and encouragement from all who believed in me and my books I wish to extend my sincere gratitude. As the series moves forward into completion I am excited to see how the path of my passion is yet to unfold.
To Be A Nut Or Not! To Be A Nut Or Not transpired for two reasons!
The first was as an allergy parent I am constantly looking for creative ways to teach my son what foods to avoid- all the while fully avoiding them. A task particularly challenging with tree nuts as they vary greatly in both name and appearance ,whole and again shelled.
A conversation I find myself having time and time again brought about the second reason for this book, the misconception between that of a peanut and... tree nut. Many have asked me what does it matter and what’s the big deal anyway. Well, it’s this! Although an allergy parent has learned that ‘free’ of one doesn’t necessarily mean ‘free’ from the other, a well intentioned caregiver or relative might. And in assuming peanuts and tree nuts are one of the same - therein lies an issue of great concern .
To Be A Nut Or Not is a fun story providing a safe manner in which to teach what tree nuts look like as well as answering the question just what *IS* a peanut!
My Immune System Needs Glasses! With an intergalactic twist My Immune System Needs Glasses helps answer the question ‘How do allergic reactions happen?”. Author and allergy mom Michelle Nel is not unfamiliar with the questions, controversy, thoughts and theories surrounding allergies.... Avoiding the contention of causes and cures Michelle’s objective in My Immune System Needs Glasses was to focus solely on explaining the process of ‘how’ of allergic reactions happen while avoiding the contention of ‘why’.
There Are No B-List Allergies! This book takes a celebrity vantage point to emphasize that although (in the US and Canada) there are priority allergens, less common allergies are equal in severity and therefore should be treated with alike considerations. Michelle's son Nolan has five anaphylactic food allergies, not all being priority allergens. Michelle wrote this book to share awareness that be it a gelatin or peanut allergy each requires equal care as well is deserving of the same courtesies.
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Michelle began writing in hopes of providing a fun yet informative manner in which to share allergy information. Her son Nolan since infancy has had eczema, asthma, multiple anaphylactic food allergies as well as multiple environmental allergies. Michelle's son also has autism, ADHD and a severe language delay. Michelle sees not disabilities but celebrates different abilities and sees the beauty found in thinking outside the box!
Jennifer Terry is a graphic designer/illustrator living in Denver, Colorado, USA. Her daughter, Lauren, is a middle school student, active in musical theatre, who also happens to have anaphylactic food allergies.
Inspired by Lauren Jennifer shares her whimsical art on the pages of these books, in an effort to help make learning about food allergies fun for children, parents, teachers and caregivers.