Spunky ten-year-old Lainey loves to bake with her granny and play soccer with her friends. Sometimes when she is baking things go terribly wrong, but in the end, everything works out okay. When her doctor tells her she has type 1 diabetes, Lainey's world turns upside down. She liked life better before diabetes, and she’s not so sure she can enjoy all the things she used to. She doesn’t believe everything will turn out okay this time. But then, Granny gives her an enchanted wooden spoon and sends Lainey on a magical adventure to Paris. Will Lainey find the answers she is looking for? Read the first book in the series, Mixing Up Magic: Paris Adventure, to find out!
5.0 out of 5 stars
Educational, Fun, and Creative!
Reviewed in the United States on
March 6, 2021
This book is a creatively fun way to help anyone understand what kind of things one might go through when facing Type 1 Diabetes. The authors have given us an adventure story, helpful information, and the question/answer part at the end, which is an excellent tool for starting conversations. I loved the magic of it, the fantasy, and yet it hits on the essential points for both children and parents when dealing with changing one's lifestyle. The interactions with the characters are helpful for parents to know that their feelings are important, too. I'm looking forward to the next adventure, so please keep them coming! This review comes with a high recommendation as a fun and creative educational tool!
5.0 out of 5 stars
This Book Checks so Many Boxes Reviewed in the United States on January 27, 2021
This book is an incredible find for any young girl who is personally dealing with Type 1 Diabetes or who knows someone who is, but it goes way beyond that. This is the first book I've found for this age group that does such a magnificent job addressing big topics like fear and loss in such a positive and heart-warming way. The main character's relationships with her family members are healthy while also being realistic. Lainey is the star of the book but it's the love and kindness of Granny that stayed with me. I was touched by the way she responds to everything from Lainey's fears to her grandson's not quite making it to the bathroom in time while playing outside. Other aspects that make this book stand out are Lainey's amicably divorced parents' abilities to focus on what's great for their daughter and an appearance by an incredibly wise therapist who carefully and kindly aids young Lainey as she's coming to terms with her diagnosis. The fun coloring pages and insightful discussion questions at the end add even more to the book as do the educational list of terms and information about type 1 diabetes. An excellent and thoughtful book I'd highly recommend.