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Book Review: The Peanut-Free Cafe May 16, 2012


Hey, bookies!  I just read The Peanut-Free Cafe by  Gloria Koster.  It’s a story about a new student at the Nutley School, where everyone enjoys PB&J at lunch, forcing the peanut-allergic new kid to eat by himself at a  peanut-free table.  In an effort get to know him, the school offers an irresistible peanut-free cafe for anyone willing to give up their peanut butter.


The story is clever and the idea of a creating a peanut-free cafe at our house greatly excited my son (as if my house isn’t ALWAYS a peanut-free cafe, but who’s counting…).  However, I would have liked it better if the story focused more on Grant, the child with the peanut-allergy, and his feelings rather than the kids who are able to eat regularly.


Kids with food allergies are  looking to see parts of themselves reflected in the media and literature.  And, while my son appeared ready to connect with the Grant, his relationship with the character and plot faded rather quickly as it more prominently focused on a child without food allergies.


That said, I think this is a great book to have in school libraries.  It should teach students a bit about what kids with food allergies go through and inspire compassion.   The librarian at my son’s school already ordered a copy earlier this year and the book is constantly checked out.


2 Responses to “Book Review: The Peanut-Free Cafe”

  1. Melissa Pearson Says:

    I agree. It is great to have stories which help our
    Kids to identify that others have the same issues and to demonstrate how to handle environments where unsafe food is being eaten and enjoyed.
    A little rant: after school today one of the moms was handing out ice cream sandwiches to all the kids excluding two of them who have dairy and nut allergies. Then to really isolate them se yelled to all the kids “don’t play with _ and _ … The ice cream isn’t safe for them. I was disappoted in the lack of empathy
    For these two five
    Olds 😦

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