Debbie Simpson wrote Adam’s Gluten Free Surprise with the intention of having the appearance of a children’s book, while being an educational book in disguise. The process of trying to educate relatives, teachers and day cares can be very frustrating for many parents. After all, the word “diet” is synonymous with “cheat a little”. It can be difficult explaining the needs and the strictness of a gluten free diet. Adam’s Gluten Free Surprise is a simple, friendly, yet effective way of getting the point across. As a matter of fact, it would be great for not only children, but for anyone who would like to educate family, coworkers and friends.
In Adam’s Gluten Free Surprise you will follow Adam as he goes through the first six months of a new school year after being diagnosed with celiac. He faces each special treat day in his classroom with a positive attitude, knowing he can choose from his own box of gluten free treats that his mom supplies. At the same time, his teacher is learning how to read labels and to accommodate his needs. Finally, in the end, the entire class learns a bit about celiac and surprise Adam with a class party that is completely gluten free.
Adam’s Gluten Free Surprise is about the acceptance that is required by the child with a special diet and of the understanding required by those who are important parts of his or her life. It’s difficult for many to understand that this is a diet that requires 100% adherence. And with this comes an emotional need to be understood, for whoever the person requiring this strict diet may be, whether one or one hundred years of age.