Avril Knows ~ Discount

Last night we registered our oldest daughter for preschool (I’m in denial that she is old enough for that already)… Ive been reading through the parent handbook recently and it outlines appropriate snacks to send.. and of course no nuts is in the guidelines. I am ashamed but in the past I’ve been a little annoyed at the thought of sending pre-packaged snacks due to someone having allergies…

I have been incredibly lucky to never had to deal with any allergies or medical conditions myself and while my husband and 3 sisters are lactose intolerant it still has little effect on me. I hate to admit it but I’m kind of ignorant and dare I say insensitive to the challenges of food allergies.

I came across Avril Knows recently and it was really good for me to read. Avril is a sweet, observant, magic loving girl… with a serious peanut allergy. Avril has to be very vigilant about every food she eats because if she doesn’t, she could end up in the hospital. She feels badly about her allergy and the nasty comments people make about it.  Just like me, these people don’t understand the challenges and dangers of having a serious allergy. Avrils artistic neighbor paints a portrait of her that packs a powerful message about Avril and helps her to understand that her allergy isn’t always a bad thing, it is also a wonderful power.

Author  Ginny Heenan was inspired to write this book after seeing the struggle of her friends 10 year old daughter who has a severe nut allergy.  Ginny not only wrote the book but she also created all the artwork in it as well! She is a very talented artist, be sure to check out her other works as well! I love everything about this story and especially the fact that its based on a true story. It has such a beautiful message for those who struggle with the allergy but also a good reminder and change of perspective for those who don’t. It’s a good read for everyone, I think it would be especially helpful for school aged kids and their parents. I’m thinking of leanding my copy to our preschool teacher for story time one day, it would also be a great addition to the school library.


Buy it!

Ginny has been kind enough to provide all you Glimpse readers with a 30% discount, go to her estore use the code DJNXUWGA (she says sorry, it’s automatically generated by the system).


  1. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    I think it’s really, really difficult for all concerned when a child has a life threatening allergy. You can just never ever be too careful. I am glad that schools mostly ban nuts so that these children are in a safe environment. No one would willingly let someone bring a loaded gun to school but that is exactly what nuts are for some. Those of us who don’t suffer from these sort of allergies in the family are very fortunate. One of my sons is lactose intolerant too but it’s not life threatening and that’s a huge difference. This sounds like just the sort of book that people should read and it comes from the heart with beautiful graphics too. 🙂

  2. Lynda Cook says:

    Never having to deal with allergies in my life, my girls are allergy free and everyone in our family is allergy free, so I do not fully understand all these allergies out there and it just seems to be getting worse, why? is it because parents are not feeding their children the foods at a young age, and they are following the book to the T. I’m always scared to make anything for my hubby to take to work, just in case someone next to him is allergic to something

  3. I had a friend deathly allergic to fish – couldn’t be near it. She could not be near anyone as a child that had a tuna or salmon sandwich in the classroom so had to leave the room.

  4. There are different types of allergies, I had a friend who suffered with throat cancer considered as an allergy. So it is good when you know what you have exactly and how to act.

  5. Thanks so much for the review, Ashleigh! I hope it helps both parents and kids.

  6. Debbie Welchert says:

    Sounds like a great book to read. I didn’t really think too much about food allergies either until my daughter, who is in her thirties, developed a nut allergy. Who would have thought that after 30 some years she could become allergic to nuts.

  7. kathy downey says:

    Allergies are so scary,my kids didn’t have any but there are so many kids who do.Thanks for the post!

  8. kathy downey says:

    Honestly we need more education on this topic

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