Sunday 14 April 2024

BOOK REVIEW: Abby Has Arthritis by Olga Chinka

Abby Has Arthritis
Author: Olga Chinka
Illustrator: Ry Menson
Publication Date: 30 August 2020
Genre: Children's Picture Book

Book Description:
Abby is a ten-year old girl who has juvenile arthritis and chronic recurrent multifocal osteomyelitis. From taking medicine to routine doctor appointments, Abby shares how her life is affected by arthritis. From good days to bad days, Abby lets other kids know that they are not alone in this diagnosis.

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This is a poignant portrayal of the challenges faced by a ten-year-old girl living with juvenile arthritis and chronic recurrent multifocal osteomyelitis. Through Abby's perspective, the book delves into the daily struggles of managing her condition, from medical treatments to doctor appointments. It sheds light on both the physical and emotional toll of arthritis, offering insight into the experiences of young patients and those who support them.


This book provides a powerful and relatable narrative that educates readers about the realities of juvenile arthritis. The author adeptly captures Abby's voice, allowing readers to empathise with her journey and gain a deeper understanding of the impact of the disease. As someone who may not have previously considered the challenges faced by children with arthritis, this book was eye-opening. It highlights the resilience of young patients while also acknowledging the difficulties they face on a daily basis. Additionally, the book serves as a valuable resource for caregivers and loved ones, offering insight into how they can better support children living with arthritis. Overall, this is a compelling read that raises awareness about a lesser-known aspect of paediatric health.


Rating: 5 Stars
Source: Own copy

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