Saturday, August 25, 2018

Eppie the Elephant (Who Was Allergic to Peanuts) by Livingstone Crouse and Steve Brown [Review and Giveaway]

My thoughts: It is back to school time and that is always a good time to read books to the young ones about how to cope with the first day of school, getting along with others, making friends, and all sorts of adjustment issues.

In the case of Eppie the Elephant she has a major problem. She is allergic to peanuts. Not only is she sensitive to them, she has a major issue. So how are her new classmates and her teacher going to react to his problem? Laugh? Understand?
NAMES NOTE: I think it is really cute that the elephant's name is "Eppie" - hint, hint, she needs an "epipen." And of course, the alligator is named "Allie" and the squirrel's name is "Pearl".
So, just how does the news of her allergy get handled? As with many school's method of handling nut sensitivity, there is a nut free zone. Some schools prohibit bringing peanuts or peanut butter products into the school because of the widespread allergy problem.

Eppie makes new friends as the day begins and then at lunch the teacher separates them placing Eppie in the nut free zone. She feels deserted (and sorry for herself) throughout the remainder of the day and dreads going to school the next morning.

The book is written in rhyming prose and it is a cute story with meaning and social ramifications. The illustrations are really cute. I felt the cadence a bit awkward at times but still quite readable.

A charming book that most certainly has a well earned place on school library shelves.

Silver Dolphin also has a Reading Guide for EPPIE THE ELEPHANT. Check it out

About the book: Go on a school-time adventure with Eppie, the elephant who is allergic to peanuts!

It’s the first day of school for Eppie the elephant, and she’s a bit nervous about one thing: that her new classmates won’t understand her allergy to nuts. Like many kids today, this fun-loving elephant can’t partake in peanuts, pecans, or pistachios and has to be careful about what she eats. Eppie makes fast friends with Allie the alligator and Pearl the squirrel, but when Eppie’s allergy is explained at lunch, will her friends still stand by her side? Readers of all ages will relate to this heartwarming, lyrical story of understanding and acceptance.
Begins August 26
Ends September 17 @ 12:01 a.m. EDT
Open to USA addresses only.
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DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy from MMPublicity on behalf of the publisher to facilitate a review. Opinions are my own and are freely given.


  1. This sounds really cute! Thanks for sharing this at Booknificent Thursday on!

  2. As a grandmother of a child allergic to tree nuts, I see this book as a great resource for so many children afflicted with the problem. It can be so difficult for a child not to fit in at social events when he or she cannot eat the birthday cake or partake at family events.


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