ERIC Number: ED312819
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: N/A
A Portrait of Me: Featuring Christine Kontos. The Kids on the Block Book Series.
Aiello, Barbara; Shulman, Jeffrey
One of a series of children's books written from the point of view of an elementary grade child with a disability or other problem, the stories emphasize the similarities in childhood experience while providing information specific to the disability. In this book, 11-year-old Christine copes successfully with her diabetes but finds it much more difficult to come to terms with the demands of her Greek-American heritage. After the story, a question and answer section provides answers (by Christine) of typical questions children often have about diabetes. These include: "What is diabetes?""Is there a cure?""Why is exercise so important?""Why do you give yourself shots of insulin?""How can you give yourself shots? Isn't it disgusting?""Doesn't it hurt?""Can you get AIDS from using a needle?""How did you get diabetes?""Why can't you eat candy or other sweet things?""Once you needed emergency candy. Why?""How do you know if your sugar level is right?""Is it hard to have diabetes?" (DB)
Descriptors: Books, Childhood Attitudes, Childrens Literature, Diabetes, Diseases, Elementary Education, Fiction, Peer Acceptance, Self Concept, Special Health Problems
Twenty-First Century Books, 38 South Market St., Frederick, MD 21701 ($12.95).
Publication Type: Creative Works; Guides - Classroom - Learner; Books
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: For related books, see EC 221 270-276.