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Jonathan London THE LION WHO HAD ASTHMA Pictures by Nadine Bernard Westcott ALBERT WHITMAN & COMPANY CHICAGO. ILLINOIS .
We soon learned much about asthma. and for my wife. or “episodes. When our son. Now four years old. a lung disease which causes breathing problems for almost ten million Americans. It relaxes the muscles in the airway walls and helps open the airways.A NOTE FOR PARENTS OF CHILDREN WHO HAVE ASTHMA For my son Sean and every child who has ever had asthma. is a bronchodilator.” can be stopped once they have begun. Encourage a child’s imagination! It is not only an asset in the treatment of asthma but enhances life itself. had his first asthma attack as a baby. With thanks to Paula Pearce. Sean’s medicine. And attacks. Relaxes is a key word. It was a distressing experience for all of us. It is the most common chronic disease of childhood. Director of Programs. There are various treatments for asthma. M. Sean’s nebulizer is the machine shown in this book. Visualization is a product of the imagination. Sean has his own nebulizer for use at home.W.B. the lion’s mother. as like most young children. Around three million are children under the age of eighteen. For Becky and Wendy.D. and the experience is far more manageable. Breathing exercises and visualization help lead to relaxation. Jonathan London . can be controlled. the Sean (pronounced Shawn) of this story. but the symptoms. such as coughing and wheezing.L. relaxing makes being sick easier to bear and to control. administered with the nebulizer. American Lung Association of the Redwood Empire. Maureen Weisenberger. and for Sean’s pediatrician. Jeffrey Miller. The nebulizer turns liquid medicine into a mist which is easy for him to inhale through a mask. Sean has a great imagination. There is no cure for asthma yet. N. there are also several other types of nebulizers. and they are aimed at preventing as well as stopping episodes. we had to rush him to an emergency room in the middle of the night. with love. J.
Sean is a lion roaring in the jungle. .
.Now he’s a hippo singing in the bathtub.
he’s a G I A N T munching trees… C-a-a-runch! .At suppertime.
Grrrrrrrrrrroww… Cough. cough— . with awesome teeth and fearsome claws.Now he’s a lion again.
. His chest hurts. The lion has asthma. and it’s hard for him to breathe.The lion has a cough.
he wheezes. He feels like crying.” says his mom. It sounds like there’s a squeaky whistle inside him when he breathes. He curls up and cries and coughs and coughs and breathes faster and faster. Sean doesn’t feel like being a lion anymore. The lion feels tired and a little bit frightened.“It’s time for your treatment. Sean. Instead of growling and roaring. .
.“Okay. “Quiet. “I want to turn it on!” He presses the power switch. He says. like a jet taking off. Time to be a pilot!” Sean sits up and puts on his mask. now. and the machine starts up.” says his mom. It’s noisy. Here’s your mask. Just breathe soft and easy. Sean.
The knobs are the controls. . Zoooooom! He goes.In his mask. Sean is a jet pilot flying high in the sky. The steam is the clouds. higher and higher. Jet Pilot Sean. flying faster and faster.
” says his dad. with arms spread like wings. .“Breathe deep. Jet Pilot Sean.
too. His coughing has stopped.Sean’s chest doesn’t hurt now. and the wheezing sound. He can breathe! Sean stops flying and comes down for a landing. .
.He’s a lion again— the King of the Jungle.
Jonathan lives in Graton. This is his second book for children. California. Her work creating humorous cards led Nadine to publish her first children’s book in 1980. 2. Vermont. Hartland Cards. electronic or mechanical. landscaper. Imagination—Fiction. or by any information storage and retrieval system. counselor at a juvenile home. Distributed by Open Road Distribution ISBN: 978-1-4976-5468-6 (ebook) . Maureen. Published in 1992 by Albert Whitman & Company All rights reserved. The family spends summers on the island of Nantucket. and their sons. with his wife. He has traveled all over the world and. laborer. Asthma—Fiction.About the Author The illustrations are watercolor and ink. Illustrations copyright © 1992 by Nadine Bernard Westcott. II. and read. without permission in writing from the publisher. display installer at trade shows. she has written and illustrated or illustrated more than fifteen books for children. dance. Since then.L8432Li 1992 91-16553 [E]—dc20 CIP AC Text copyright © 1992 by Jonathan London. After moving to Vermont. hike. and poet in the schools. No part of this book may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means. Summary: Sean’s nebulizer mask and his imagination aid in his recovery following an asthma attack. Becky and Wendy. among them dancer. with her husband and their daughters. among them Even Little Kids Get Diabetes. Jonathan London’s poetry and short stories have appeared in over one hundred magazines. recording.] Westcott. bookstore clerk. loves to kayak. and in 1980 they founded their own greeting card company. Includes information on childhood asthma and how to control its symptoms. Illustrated by Nadine Bernard Westcott. Bill. Nadine lives in Woodstock. Title. Sean and Aaron. Jonathan. cm. ISBN: 978-0-8075-4559-1 (hardcover) ISBN 13: 978-0-8075-4560-7 (paperback) [1. Library of Congress Cataloging-in Publication Data About the Artist Nadine Bernard Westcott began her art career as a greeting card designer for Hallmark Cards in Kansas City. Nadine Bernard ill. she married her husband. cannery w orker. The text typeface is Bookman Regular. p. including photocopying. London. when not writing. He has held a variety of jobs. 1947— The lion who had asthma / Jonathan London. PZ7.