PEANUT ALLERGY, SUBJECT OF NEW PICTURE BOOK TO HELP KIDS

Nearly six million children in the U.S. have food allergies, according to a recent study published in the journal Pediatrics, and peanut allergies are the most common. A new picture book, The Princess and the Peanut: A Royally Allergic Fairytale, by Sue Ganz-Schmitt (Wild Indigo Publishing), helps kids ages 4-9 learn about food allergies through a fairytale classic with an allergic twist. Ganz-Schmitt, a global philanthropist and also the author of Even Superheroes Get Diabetes, has made it her mission to help children and families worldwide, and to address kids' serious medical problems with lighthearted yet informative stories. Both books are illustrated by artist and award-winning filmmaker Micah Chambers-Goldberg.

Ganz-Schmitt was inspired to write The Princess and the Peanut, www.royallyallergic.com, because her daughter's friend had life-threatening peanut allergies. "When a child faces a medical challenge, whether it is a chronic illness, a disability or a severe allergy, it can be terribly frightening for that child," says Ganz-Schmitt. "I wrote The Princess and the Peanut to help children with food allergies understand that they are not alone, and that their lives do not have to be defined by their allergic conditions."

By pairing a familiar fairytale with the unfamiliar world of a potentially-fatal medical condition, the book provides a terrific resource that's also entertaining and fun. View the book trailer at http://youtu.be/XsKTMkRNgbM.

"The landscape of childhood has changed in light of the surging rates of allergies, autism, ADHD, and asthma," says Robyn O'Brien, founder, AllergyKids Foundation. "The Princess and the Peanut is an inspiring resource for parents and caregivers of food allergic children, offering valuable instruction, heartfelt insight and the ever-important happy ending."

In the book, a peanut butter-loving prince is searching for a real princess. When an alleged princess mysteriously appears, the queen decides to put her to the time-honored test of placing a pea underneath a pile of mattresses and sending her to bed. But the royal kitchen is out of peas, so the queen tries a peanut instead, only to discover a real princess with real food allergies. Will the prince give up his PB&J's for the princess? Chambers-Goldberg's richly-colored, elaborately-detailed illustrations help make this a story that kids will reach for again and again. The book includes a Q&A on food allergies for parents and caregivers, and a kid-friendly glossary.

Ganz-Schmitt's previous book, Even Superheroes Get Diabetes, was praised by the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and the Philadelphia Children's Hospital, a leader in juvenile diabetes. It was originally released by Dog Ear Publishing and will be re-released by Wild Indigo Publishing.

Children's book author, mother, and philanthropist Sue Ganz-Schmitt is passionate about helping kids and families globally. She is co-founder of an AIDS orphanage in Haiti, has traveled to China to help medically-challenged orphans, and has set up a birthing clinic in rural India. Yet her writing has been inspired by local children with diabetes, severe allergies, and leukemia. A Los Angeles resident, Ganz-Schmitt also produces children's musical theater.

Micah Chambers-Goldberg is a filmmaker, animator, illustrator, and fine artist. He wrote and directed the award-winning live-action short, The Lifter Upper, and his animated short, Who Stole the Mona Lisa?, recently premiered at the Philadelphia International Festival Of The Arts. Chambers-Goldberg has illustrated several children's books, designed toys and showroom environments, and painted live, on-stage, for Def Poetry Jam poets and musicians.
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The following books are written by Sue Ganz-Schmitt, illustrated by Micah Chambers-Goldberg, and published by Wild Indigo Publishing:

The Princess and the Peanut: A Royally Allergic Fairytale
October 2011  Ages 4-9  38 pages  $22.95 hardcover  $15.95 paperback
ISBN: 978-0-9831487-1-5 (hc)  978-0-9831487-0-8 (pb)

Even Superheroes Get Diabetes
Ages 4-8  36 pages  $22.95 hardcover  $15.95 paperback
ISBN: 978-1598583038 (hc)  978-1598583021 (pb)