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Children's Literature - Children's Literature
The concept of a child having A.D.D. (Attention Deficit Disorder) is commonplace in today's society. However, many children do not understand what it means or how it makes them different from others. The authors explain the disorder in child-friendly language and photographs. This allows A.D.D. to be less threatening and more familiar. It offers insight as to impulsive behaviors, such as blurting out an answer. Suggested strategies include making a job chart, having a tutor, and taking medication. This book elicits classroom discussion by relating it to classroom situations or related episodes. It successfully shows an A.D.D. child as having to alter his or her methods, but still being able to be productive and enjoying his or her childhood. Further reading titles and notes for parents and teachers are provided for additional background information. 2000, The Millbrook Press, Ages 7 to 11, $22.90. Reviewer: Lori M. Saporosa
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-A picture book designed to give children with attention deficit disorder the words to explain their condition to themselves and to others. Each page includes a large color photograph usually accompanied by a sentence or two of text. The first half of the book describes some of the symptoms-"Sometimes it's hard to pay attention"-and the result: "My coach is always hollering at me." Next, the author mentions techniques that help-one assignment at a time, a tutor, a quiet corner-each with an appropriate illustration. A note for adults defines the disorder and comments on recent research. The concept is admirable but the simplicity of the language suggests a preschool audience (as do the cover pictures), and conflicts with the interior pictures of older children. Kathleen M. Dwyer's What Do You Mean I Have Attention Deficit Disorder? (Walker, 1996) tells the story of a sixth grader's experience in a less condescending way.-Martha Gordon, formerly at South Salem Library, NY Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761314363
  • Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 8/28/2000
  • Pages: 32
  • Product dimensions: 7.82 (w) x 9.98 (h) x 0.12 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2000

    Good info for teachers, parents and kids

    An excellent, two page introduction for teachers and parents and a picture book format for kids. Twelve symptoms are succinctly given and some have a comment by a child on the opposite page. There is no mention of hyperactivity within the main book. One comment says, 'George gets medicine that helps'. In the introduction, the only comment is that some with ADD have hyperactivity and some do not. Six suggested books for further reading are listed. I have ADD, and have read articles and books about it.

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