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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite
Who am I? Don’t we all ask ourselves that question from time to time? But when our lives are turned upside down, sometimes who we think we are changes dramatically. That’s what happened to Ava Ann. She was really sick and had to go to the hospital. It turned out she had type 1 diabetes and she had to check her blood regularly and take insulin shots. It really turned her life upside down. So, when the teacher asked everyone in the class to do a painting that described who they were, Ava Ann didn’t know where to start. At least, not until her friend accompanied her one day to the nurse’s office for her daily insulin injection. Then she was the persistent, brilliant young lady her mother always thought she was.
Rachel Leland’s picture book story, Ava Ann Makes Art: The Story of a Rabbit With Diabetes, walks young readers through the difficulties a young child faces when diagnosed with a disease like diabetes. It’s life-changing and scary all at once. Using a little rabbit as the main character, Ava Ann, and the other characters as various types of animals, the author is able to make this story both compassionate and informative, while giving the young reader a clear picture of what type 1 diabetes is, why it has affected Ava Ann and how she sees herself. This is a great instructional book on illnesses, particularly diabetes, diversity as each character is presented as a different animal equally accepted, and creativity and how art is used to express and define ourselves. Beautifully told.