Alex, the Kid with AIDS

Alex, the Kid with AIDS

by Linda Walvoord Girard, Blanche Sims
     
 

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I was not afraid when Alex sat next to me in Mrs. Timmers's fourth-grade class. I knew he had AIDS, but the nurse had told our class that we could not catch AIDS just by being around Alex.

What I didn't know was how funny Alex was or how much trouble we'd get into - especially when we wrote that poem about Mrs. Zanes, the playground supervisor. Alex thought he

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I was not afraid when Alex sat next to me in Mrs. Timmers's fourth-grade class. I knew he had AIDS, but the nurse had told our class that we could not catch AIDS just by being around Alex.

What I didn't know was how funny Alex was or how much trouble we'd get into - especially when we wrote that poem about Mrs. Zanes, the playground supervisor. Alex thought he couldn't get in trouble because he was sick, but Mrs. Timmers sure surprised him!

After all, Alex was just Alex. And pretty soon I knew that he was going to be my best friend.

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School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 2-4 --When a new boy who has AIDS joins Michael's fourth-grade class, Michael reluctantly becomes his work partner. He soon learns, however, that Alex is funny, creative, and mischievous. He says he can do anything he wants because ``I'm sick,'' so the two boys write an insulting poem about their teacher. Alex's wish to be treated like everyone else is granted--both boys are disciplined, but their friendship is strengthened. Factual information about AIDS is woven into the story fairly unobtrusively. However, some of the more traumatic elements of this illness are glossed over in an effort to promote the message--kids with AIDS are still kids. Overall, the characters are credible; Michael's narration rings true, and Alex's use of his disease to escape punishment seems realistic. Sims's familiar colorful cartoons are adequate but not exceptional. As literature the book is mediocre, but within the bounds of ``fiction with a purpose,'' it succeeds. Rosmarie Hausherr's Children and the AIDS Virus (Clarion, 1989) is a more detailed, factual presentation. Doris Sanford's David Has AIDS (Multnomah, 1989) is a more sentimentalized story for younger children. --Heide Piehler, Shorewood Public Library, WI

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807502471
Publisher:
Whitman, Albert & Company
Publication date:
04/01/1993
Series:
Albert Whitman Concept Books Series
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
7.84(w) x 8.95(h) x 0.14(d)
Age Range:
7 - 11 Years

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