Alex Is My Friend

Alex Is My Friend

by Marisabina Russo

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K-Gr 3-- Ben, who narrates, tells readers that he and Alex have been friends ever since they were little. But when Ben was five, he remembers, he noticed he was larger than Alex, who was six. At that time, his mother explained that although Alex would get older and continue to learn, his body would always grow slowly because that was how he was born. Ben sees Alex through a long recuperation after surgery, and helps with the wheelchair when the smaller boy returns to school. As with Where Is Ben (1990) and The Line-up Book , (1986, both Greenwillow), Russo has drawn her appealing story from an actual experience of her son. The portrayal of Alex is realistic, forthright, and sensitive--relevant to nearly any physical deviation a youngster might encounter and question. The full-color, framed gouache paintings alternate with the text, which is bordered with miniature illustrations, complementing and extending the story. A well-done presentation of dwarfism, without using the actual word. --Virginia Opocensky, formerly at Lincoln City Libraries, NE

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