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An affectionate appreciation of a unique child. "Catherine is a special girl and she can do special things," the story begins. Moore leads the reader through Catherine's distinct attributes and her interactions with her family, using a curious cousin's visit to introduce Catherine to readers. She has a special walk and boots to help her (which her cousin can't help trying on and then discovers it's not so easy walking in them). Catherine can't talk, but it's clear from her reactions that she listens very hard. She claps in a special way, in tiny, quiet claps. And her parents and grandmother are there to support her at every turn. Littlewood's watercolor illustrations depict many warm family tableaux as well as the expressive Catherine alone, showing what makes her special. It's a sympathetic, straightforward and informative look at the world of one disabled child that's both clear and accessible to the very young. A concluding note explains that Catherine's disability is a type of epilepsy. (Picture book. 3-5)
Posted January 29, 2010
This book is beautiful in every respect from its touching and heart felt words to its dreamy yet no holds barred illustrations. It is important on so many levels and should be in every school and in every home library.