Luke Has Asthma, Too ‒ Alison Rogers

Luke has asthma too
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  • Age Range: 3 to 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool ‒ 3
  • Paperback: 31 pages
  • Publisher: Waterfront Books (May, 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0914525069
  • ISBN-13: 978-0914525066



This is a short story for children between three and seven years of age. It is written and illustrated so that it can be read aloud to children by parents and teachers. The story is told in the first person by a small boy who is the younger cousin of Luke, a big boy he greatly admires. Designed to relax the child and the parents, Luke Has Asthma, Too provides simple basic information about taking medicine, breathing exercises, and staying overnight in the hospital. This gentle book will make for good reading with children whether or not they have asthma. The narrative conveys the feeling that asthma can be managed in a calm fashion. This is an important message for the millions of families that have children with asthma.

Rationale for Inclusion: Since asthma is a fairly prevalent health condition among children, I thought that it would be important to provide a book that asthmatic children would be able to identify with. This is because books such as “Luke Has Asthma, Too”, can provide children who have asthma, with a mirror into their own lives. I think this is extremely important for any child who may be dealing asthma, because it allows them to identify with the protagonist in the story and see that despite their obstacles, they can courageously rise above and live a happy life. By reading about the protagonist of the story, and seeing the love and support he received from his parents, hospital staff, and his cousin Luke, who also happens to have asthma, children can gain a more optimistic perspective on their own condition.  In addition, this book also incorporates some very valuable asthma management advice and can be very useful for parents and children alike.


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