Sticky Icky Booger Bugs, by Sherry Frith, is the tale of a boy's battle with cystic fibrosis as he attempts to avoid the hospital. Kory is just like any other kid. He loves recess, playing soccer, and exploring his neighborhood with his best friend. With every puff, cough, and sneeze, Kory keeps the sticky icky booger bugs away so he can have fun every day! Sticky Icky Booger Bugs is a picture book, illustrated by Caroll Newell Walter, for children ages 0 – 7.
Cystic Fibrosis is an inherited chronic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system. There are 30,000 children each year diagnosed and battling cystic fibrosis. There is no cure for this progressive disease.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. Helped by colorful illustrations, and the knowledge they gained, they were able to deal with the sticky icky booger bugs using simple routines to keep their cystic fibrosis at bay. This story lets children know that they are loved, no matter what their medical situation may be.
I think this book is amazing and really offers a kid friendly way for young children to understand what Cystic Fibrosis is. As a mom there are times when you try to explain certain things to your kids but are not sure how to or where to start. This book really offers a cute story with great illustration to really make for an amazing book for little kids.
Throughout the book you learn a little bit about what exactly Cystic Fibrosis in a way that little kids would understand it. You learn about what medicine has to be taken and about different treatments that are to be done daily like the shaker and smoker. But you also learn that this little boy is just like you. He loves to play with his friends and enjoy chocolate milk.
My kids have taken a lot of this story. They have learned about Cystic Fibrosis, and also how these kids are just like them with a few extra Sticky Icky Booger Bugs.
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.
Illustrator Carol Newell Walter majored in fine arts at Wayne State University and earned a BA and teaching credentials from California State University– Bakersfield. Now retired, Carol and her husband live in Bakersfield, CA, where she continues to create all kinds of artwork. To learn more, visit http://beatsnot.com/.
Where to purchase: Sticky Icky Booger Bugs was released on July 26, 2013 and is available for sale on Amazon.
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