DIABETES AND HEALTHY EATING is what happens when the potentially frightening subject of children’s diabetes is approached with the right mix of truths, compelling rhyme, cooking activities and fun.Through the entertaining story, special recipes, coloring pages and a glossary of “memory” words, young children will learn how the foods they already know and recognize play a role in helping them control their diabetes.  DIABETES AND HEALTHY EATING combines young children’s love of cooking with the proven learning tool of rhyming to gently guide the book’s main character through the process of getting answers to questions about his diagnosis of diabetes.  Children with diabetes will embrace the friendly, inquisitive and furry bear named Charlie B. Marley, who likes to be called Little Mar.  Since Chef Mattocks is the nephew of the late reggae singer and star, Bob Marley, the Marley name is a quiet tribute to his uncle.

In the story, Little Mar loves cooking and wants to be a chef someday.  When his Mom tells him that a really cool chef will visit his school, Little Mar is interested.  But Little Mar gets excited when his Mom shares that the chef has diabetes too.  Little Mar has lots of questions in his head about his diabetes and the foods he is now supposed to eat, so he plans to ask the chef for help.  DIABETES AND HEALTHY EATING answers a child’s typical questions about food, sugar intake, exercise and healthy eating in relation to his or her diabetes.  The special recipes, coloring pages and glossary of memory words extends the learning and engages children in the critical process of learning about diabetes.