Asays “Mom, do you think I have Fly-A-Betes?” I respond, “I don’t know. We will need to test it out.” She gets out of bed, climbs up on the side of the bed posts, puts both arms out and jumps. Boom. She looks at me. “I didn’t fly, mom.” She checks her insulin pump and tell me that her blood sugar is 136. We look at each other and smile. Tonight we read Even Superheroes Get Diabetes written by Sue Ganz-Schmitt.
This book is a story of diagnosis of the kid superhero named Kelvin but also known as Super K. After his diagnosis he finds out he has a super power! I won’t spoil the read. We suggest it for any little sweet one! The readability is probably between 3rd-5th grades. For our younger ones it makes a great read aloud. There are a lot of nice illustrations (the illustrator was Micah Chambers-Goldberg).
One of the cutest features of the book is at the end. There is a diagram of ‘Type 1 Diabetes: How It works.’ On the opposite page is ‘Super K’s Diabetes Decoder’ with diabetes specific vocabulary defined in a child friendly method. So.. both of my little ones endorse the book. It was engaging and fun. From the mommy lens I can say that I’m all about any text that empowers our sweet ones. In my eyes their daily experience with T1D requires some pretty super hero type strength… whether they believe they have ‘Fly-A-Betes’ or not! I may start calling A Super A after this read.