Safety Bay woman Hayli Vas asked her sister Naomi Greaves, of Shoalwater, to write a story after her experience with her daughter Ella, who has a severe wheat allergy.
She is so sensitive, even airborne wheat particles can cause an allergic reaction.
Mrs Vas was confronted with all sorts of issues when Ella turned five and needed to start compulsory schooling. “Introducing anaphylaxis to a class of five-year-olds posed a difficult task,” she said.
“Wheat is found in a number of unexpected materials children encounter at school: play dough, paint and glue.”
Mrs Vas then asked her sister , an artist and educator, to write a story to help Ella’s classmates understand allergies.
Mrs Greaves wrote Living with an Allergiosaurus, which features Alex the Allergiosaurus, who goes to hilarious lengths to protect a little girl from allergens. Alex teaches the little girl’s friends all of the ways that they can help to keep her safe.
Serenity Press founder Karen McDermott published Living with Allergiosaurus through her Serenity Kids division.
The book is available through Serenity Press bookstore or on kindle eBook via Amazon. Visit http://www.serenitypress.org. Copies will also be available at the Rockingham Arts Centre Book Fair on May 7 and 8.
More on the book fair on page 31