Emily eases her Wheezes by Katrina Roe
Published by Wombat Books
Emily eases her Wheezes is the latest picture book from Katrina Roe and Leigh Hedstrom. You may already be familiar with Marty's Nut-Free Party which is also by the same author and illustrator. Their most recent book approaches the serious medical condition of asthma in a friendly way. The main character Emily has asthma and feels frustrated when she can’t do certain activities. The story explores how she overcomes this. At the end of the book there are facts about asthma which could provide a springboard for further discussion.
Roe has cleverly weaved a story around a serious theme and by doing so has made it accessible to children. She has used vibrant word choices to invigorate a serious topic. ‘Emily was full of energy! She whizzed to the park on her scooter, she leapt and twirled like a ballerina and she bounced on the trampoline for hours. But sometimes, when Emily had asthma, she was not allowed to be active.’
Leigh Hedstrom has created appealing characters who are immediately likeable. The Sydney-based artist has used digital art to create illustrations which are both energetic and uncluttered.
As Australia has one of the highest rates of asthma in the world, this is an important book on an important issue and is well worth a read.
CKT Book Reviewer
Author: Katrina Roe
Illustrator: Leigh Hedstrom
Title: Emily eases her Wheezes by Katrina Roe
Publisher: Wombat Books
Published: January 2015