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The Peanut-Free Cafe

3.54  ·  Rating Details ·  50 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
This engaging story about a young boy's severe allergy to peanuts and how his classmates help him cope offers an upbeat perspective on a condition that many children must live with each day. Includes a Note from a pediatric allergist. Full color.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published January 1st 2006 by Albert Whitman & Company
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Allie Crimmins
Sep 19, 2016 Allie Crimmins rated it it was amazing
In this book a new student, named Grant, arrives at Nutley Elementary school. Everyone at Nutley loves to eat peanut butter in their lunches, especially Simon. This becomes problematic when everyone learns that Grant is actually allergic to peanuts and cannot sit with the children who are eating peanut butter at lunch. Grant has to sit at a newly created peanut free table. At first none of the other kids join him, but then the teacher makes the peanut free table a really fun place to be and all ...more
Feb 24, 2009 Greg added it
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My first thought about this books is that the illustrations are great. They are very engaging and would keep and child engaged. I also appreciate the multicultural class that was depicted. This book also did a great job explaining the dangers of peanut allergies. There is one picture where the allergic boy, Grant, is demonstrating what would happen if he ate a peanuts, he is pretending to be choking. Where this book fails to live up to expectations is its focus on the child who is allergic. Inst ...more
Sep 10, 2015 Susan rated it it was amazing
The irony in this book was all the names of nuts used for people names. But I love how this book approaches the conversion of a school cafeteria from peanut haven to peanut free when a new student arrives with a peanut allergy that can kill him. I also love how we see one student grow from solely needing peanut butter on his bagels to adapting so he can join his classmates in the new peanut free cafeteria that was his idea with fun movies to just enjoying his peanut butter on the weekends and af ...more
Robin Shelton
The Peanut-Free Café is a wonderful book that explains a common occurrence in the school settings. Students who have food allergies require strict rules from schools to ensure that they are safe. This story tells of a young boy (Simon) who must choose between being alone or giving up is favorite food of all time. This story is a wonderful resource to use when teaching students about food allergies or if a student in your classroom has this issue. It can be a wonderful springboard to think of fun ...more
Nashiea Edmiston
Another excellent book to introduce your students to the anxiety felt by both children who suffer from peanut/food allergies, as well as the anxiety of children who will be in the same room as children with food allergies. Although my favorite book so far is Princess and the Peanut Allergy, The Peanut-Free Cafe is a great accompaniment for the other half of the classroom who may not be too thrilled about the princes theme of the other book! Highly recommend.
Feb 03, 2013 Westfordys rated it really liked it
From beginning to end, Koster’s The Peanut Free Café is not only an entertaining and fun book, but it’s also a great resource on how to deal with peanut allergies in a caring and colourful way. Koster’s writing paired with a fine selection of wonderfully bright and comical illustrations by artist, Maryann Cocca-Leffler, successfully manages to tell a story in a way that kids of ages 5 and up can relate to. - Kira McGann
Aug 01, 2009 Tricia rated it it was ok
Glad to see a book on the topic of food allergies...although this book was at times a bit much...for example, should every school create a peanut-free room with movies when a new kid arrives with a peanut allergy?
Jeanne Mcpeak
Aug 29, 2013 Jeanne Mcpeak rated it really liked it
This book is a great choice for explaining peanut allergies to young children and could even be used to explain it to children in a class with a student who has this allergy. The illustrations are colorful and fun I like that the book highlights children of different races.
Nov 28, 2014 Kelly rated it liked it
A resource for children to better understand the role of community and friendship in responding to a peanut allergy's impact on social inclusion/exclusion.
Apr 02, 2012 Paula rated it really liked it

When a new classmate has a peanut allergy and has to sit in a special area of the lunchroom, Simon reconsiders his love for peanut butter.
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A nice story about allergies, but kind of preachy. The kid liked it.
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