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Harry and Willy and Carrothead

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Harry was born with no left hand. When he got to school, the kids asked him what was wrong with his arm. "Nothing," said Harry. "That's my prosthesis."

Harry's hand didn't keep him from being a good baseball player — or a good friend. Harry and Willy and Carrothead are three of the most real kids you are apt to meet between book covers, and you will like them as much as they like each other!

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Overview

Harry was born with no left hand. When he got to school, the kids asked him what was wrong with his arm. "Nothing," said Harry. "That's my prosthesis."

Harry's hand didn't keep him from being a good baseball player — or a good friend. Harry and Willy and Carrothead are three of the most real kids you are apt to meet between book covers, and you will like them as much as they like each other!

Three boys overcome prejudicial ideas about appearances and become friends.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Susie Wilde
Caseley has a way of making a point through the creation of rounded characters. She most definitely does this in Harry and Willy and Carrothead where layers of understanding peel away like an onion. Harry, the first character to whom we are introduced, is born without a hand and arm. Almost from the beginning of his life, it is clear that this is not something that is a primary characterization of him. He is almost "super-normal" in his creativity and openness. He can discuss his prosthesis or defend a new friend with equal ease. The character with first apparent disability is Carrothead who hates his red hair and even more hates being teased by Willy. Upon examination, it is really the bullying Willy who has the strongest handicap! With sensitivity and sensibility, Caseley works her story around the characters until she attains friendship and understanding for all three.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-- As a book encouraging self-respect among children despite physical differences, this is a commendable effort. Born without a left hand, Harry is, in the words of a schoolmate, ``just a regular kid.'' He enjoys the same games, and his matter-of-fact responses to other children's questions soon satisfy their curiosity. He makes friends with a redheaded boy named Oscar, and when another classmate calls him ``Carrothead,'' Harry jumps to his defense. In one of those quick social changes common among school children, the three boys become best friends. The emphasis is on the similiarity of the boys, and the portrayal of Harry carries a clear message that even people who are considered disabled can be capable and self-assured. The story is weakened, however, by a lack of tension that fails to make it emotionally involving. Caseley's cheerful and inviting full-color cartoons depict a multiracial suburban setting. An accessible, attractive, and positive character portrayal. --Danita Nichols, New York Public Library
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780688094928
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/28/1991
  • Pages: 24
  • Sales rank: 1,444,570
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 9.87 (h) x 0.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Judith Caseley says, "When I was a little girl, I fell in love with Abraham Lincoln. I was drawn to the kindness and melancholy I saw in his face. My sister Jean and I prayed to a framed portrait of him that hung on our bedroom wall. To this day, when I see Lincoln's likeness on the wall of a school auditorium, my heart lifts with gladness or my eyes fill with tears. I remember the fierce secrets we told him, the joys and sorrows that were for his ears only. It was a private act of communion, and we called him A. L."

Judith Caseley is the author-artist of such favorite picture books as On the Town: A Community Adventure; Bully; Mama, Coming and Going; and Dear Annie. She lives on Long Island, New York, with her two children.

Judith Caseley says, "When I was a little girl, I fell in love with Abraham Lincoln. I was drawn to the kindness and melancholy I saw in his face. My sister Jean and I prayed to a framed portrait of him that hung on our bedroom wall. To this day, when I see Lincoln's likeness on the wall of a school auditorium, my heart lifts with gladness or my eyes fill with tears. I remember the fierce secrets we told him, the joys and sorrows that were for his ears only. It was a private act of communion, and we called him A. L."

Judith Caseley is the author-artist of such favorite picture books as On the Town: A Community Adventure; Bully; Mama, Coming and Going; and Dear Annie. She lives on Long Island, New York, with her two children.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2001

    Great Book

    My son was born with no left hand. This book really hit home! It has been a great book to share with his entire school. Our whole family loves the way it is written and that it doesn't dwell on the fact that Harry only has one hand, it talks about the things he can do just like everyone else does.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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