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Posted October 25, 2007
Today's children are mean to those who are different because they don't understand why,but I have a child with Sanfilippo A and explained the book to the class and they all loved it and realized that these kids aren't so different and that they want friends too.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 3, 2001
Helping children learn about disabilities....
Maria Shriver shows extraordinary sensitivity in this story of ordinary Kate and her friendship with a mentally retarded child. Kate is introduced to Timmy when she and her mother go to the park. At first Kate is uneasy with Timmy, because he looks and acts 'different.' Soon, though, they discover that they do have quite a bit in common and are laughing and playing together. Kate invites Timmy to play basketball with her and her friends, and after she introduces him to the other kids they have a great time playing together. Shriver has remarkable insight gained from her family's personal work to improve the rights of the disabled and the founding and support of Special Olympics. We all know a 'Timmy,' maybe not mentally retarded, but handicapped in some way...different. Shriver has given us a tool to help children understand and react in a positive way to the differences of the disabled. They are, after all, just like all the rest of us; they want to be included, and loved. I wish all children could read this great book. The wonderful pastels by Sandra Speidel add a stunning visual impact to the message. Parents and teachers will want to read this book with children and discuss it to reinforce the concepts. Included in the book is a list of organizations offering help and information on various disabilities.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 1, 2011
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