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Be Good to Eddie Lee

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In a starred review, PW called this story about a boy with Down's syndrome "a rarity for its potential to entertain, educate and encourage deeper consideration for others." Ages 4-8. (July)
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-On the first day of summer vacation, Christy follows her friend JimBud to a nearby pond, looking for something to do. When Eddie Lee, a child with Down's syndrome, follows them, Christy tells him to stay home, and JimBud tries to chase him away. Only when Eddie Lee leads the girl to a hidden place to show her frog eggs and water lillies does she fully grasp that everyone is special and has unique, individual gifts. Cooper's attractive, full-page borderless scenes of the rural South- waist-high, straw-colored weeds; a clear, rippling stone-bottomed brook; hazy green woods and water-are painted in oil wash, but have the smudgy appearance of oil pastel. Clearly the focus of the illustrations is the insightfully realistic portraits of Eddie Lee, and it is Cooper's artful accompaniment to the text that truly brings out the author's positive message. Berniece Rabe's Where's Chimpy? (Albert Whitman, 1988) is aimed at three to five-year-olds, as is Cairo Jasmine's Our Brother Has Down's Syndrome (Annick, 1985). Be Good to Eddie Lee is welcome for slightly older children, but mostly for the realism it exudes rather than the somewhat contrived story.-Susan Scheps, Shaker Heights Public Library, OH
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780698115828
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/28/1997
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 237,174
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: AD380L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 10.25 (h) x 0.14 (d)

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Posted July 16, 2011

    Do not buy- describes Down kid as an animal

    As someone who loves the idea of children's books designed to introduce children to the idea of friends with Down syndrome, I immediately ordered 2 copies of this book without having read it with the thought of donating a copy to the local school.

    Imagine my surprise when I received the book, and instead of a touching tale of equality, this author has managed to describe children with Downs as animals. See comments like "he waddled behind them."

    In addition the illustrations of the boy with Down syndrome are not of the same quality as the other children. I'm sure the author and illustrator had the best intentions, but this is one to avoid at all costs. Best intentions, but just hurts the goal of teaching different but equal to children. DO NOT BUY!

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  • Posted September 26, 2009

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    Great Book!

    I bought this book in order to help my students understand our new student who has Down Syndrome. I think this will make the transistion go much more smoothly although they are a great group of kids who are understanding, plus this book is enjoyable to read. It has a great message about people and that being different is okay.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2008

    Touches the Heart

    I love books that are simple and can convey messages. This book hits the heart, the place like no other where true emotion can be felt. College Instructor read this to my class in Spring 05' or 06' and I still remember this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2008

    This Book I still Remembered Today After Reading It Seven years Ago..

    This book was first introduced to me in 3rd grade and still to this day I will never forget this story. The story of Eddie Lee was so heart warming and helped me understand down syndrome better. I will never read a book like this that inspired me in so many ways.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2002

    This book is good to read to a class

    My oldest daughter's special ed teacher read this book to my younger daughter's 2nd grade class. I believe it gave the kids something to think about.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2000

    A great Book

    This was a great book. I really like it.

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