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I enjoy reading my girls fun children's books and it is always a nice bonus if the book is teaching them something. Spot the Tick.....in Barbados by Lorraine Damonte is a globetrotting children's book that explores the beauty of Barbados while raising awareness for Lyme Disease. You get to read about the beauty of Barbados and discover information about its culture, food and climate all while spotting the tick on every page.
Each year millions of people flood to Barbados for its delectable food and passion for living in harmony with ocean. However, with hundreds of millions of ticks calling the island home, this playground for the soul is also rife with the potential for Lyme disease. This picture book about Nicole's exciting plans to visit the island of Barbados. It contains colourful, vibrant hand painted pictures that have been described as innocent, simplistic and naive, which are perfect for young children. It explores tradition, food and climate, with some added fun to spot the tick in each page. Pages have been dedicated to the prevention of Lyme Disease to bring awareness to young children that they should take precautions to avoid being bitten.
My girls really enjoy reading about different cultures and cool places around the world. We also have ticks here in Florida and to be perfectly honest I had one bite me only a few weeks ago and seeing this book made me realize I had never talked to my girls about tick bites and possible resulting diseases. I do realize Lyme disease is often misunderstood, misdiagnosed and often poorly treated so this is a great book to help get more information on the subject out there.
The author will donate 50% of profits to a Lyme disease charity.
About the Author:The creator of this book worked as a bank clerk for five years before moving onto a London casino. Life was lively and the pace was fast? ?No more bets please?NO MORE BETS!?. Roulette was her best game, followed by Poker, Black Jack then Punto Banco. She then moved onto the reception and cash desk, learning a new set of skills. In a busy nightclub in Bromley, she met her husband of almost 14 years Paul.When Nicole arrived she left work on maternity leave, never to return. Next to arrive was baby Madeleine. The family relocated to Luxembourg for six years, Paul had an exciting new job opportunity. It was there the idea of a book was born, whilst looking through a family photo album of Barbados. Lorraine set out to make her own children's book. Painting the pictures became a struggle as Lorraine became very ill. Lorraine's wish now is to help stop the suffering and make the public aware that Lyme disease is real, and that you can take measures to prevent it.
Spot the Tick..... in Barbados from Grosvenor House Publishing Ltd, is now available at Amazon. The recommended age for the book is between 4 and 9 years and both my 3 and 6 year old daughters enjoyed the read. It has a serious educational element of teaching children to recognize the dangers of ticks and avoid being bitten while still being enjoyable to read.