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Relieve the squeeze : how to take control of your asthma
Strauss, Peggy Guthart.
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Publication Information:
New York, N.Y. : Viking, [2000]

Physical Description:
31 pages : color illustrations ; 27 cm
Reading Level:
IG 870 Lexile.
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RC591 .S746 2000 Juvenile Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks
RC591 .S746 2000 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Illustrated with photographs from the video, "Relieve the Squeeze" demonstrates the danger of ignoring asthma symptoms, hoping they'll go away on their own. Additional materials include a list of resources for asthma sufferers and their caregivers, suggestions for tracking medication schedules, ideas for "asthma-proofing" the house, and even an asthma rap!

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 5^-7. Definitely designed for the video generation, this brief, bright, visually dynamic book uses a supportive tone as it addresses young asthma sufferers. A question-answer format gets basic information across--"Asthma is a disease where your airways swell up and secrete, or produce, mucus" --and then advises kids to take control by learning what their individual triggers may be, working with their doctors, and staying with their medications. There is a special emphasis on making sure that kids don't take their asthma for granted and overlook symptoms that may be getting out of control. Tropical colors and punchy headline typefaces energize the pages and draw attention to text bites that give out key information. This may have particular appeal to reluctant readers--though any young reader curious about the illness will find the presentation easy to absorb. --Denise Wilms

School Library Journal Review

Gr 3-6-Beginning with the "Asthma Rap," about a young man having an attack during a basketball game, Strauss introduces readers to the causes, symptoms, and treatment of asthma. Most of the writing is factual, and presented in graffiti-style or bold layouts in dramatic fonts and colors. Although it appears on first glance to be a superficial look at the disease, the book covers a lot of ground and consistently encourages young people to be aware of triggers and to seek help at the first sign of trouble. The color photos of kids on a playground (with Danny DeVito as coach) are attractive and serve to make the subject matter more approachable. An on-target, cleverly designed overview that can also serve as reinforcement for those suffering from acute or chronic asthma.-Christine A. Moesch, Buffalo & Erie County Public Library, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.