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Josh struggles to live down the stigma of his learning disability, dyslexia, and receive both respect and friendship from his peers. Includes information on the ...
Josh struggles to live down the stigma of his learning disability, dyslexia, and receive both respect and friendship from his peers. Includes information on the characteristics of dyslexia and a list of organizations that deal with learning disabilities.
Posted September 18, 2012
A young boy named Joshua Grant is starting fifth grade in a new school, Valley School. Joshua was born with dyslexia and was scared to start fifth grade because he didn’t want the students to make fun of him. Mrs. Grant was very loving to Josh and always told him things were okay. Unlike his mother, Mr. Grant wanted Josh to learn on his own and didn’t like that Mrs. Grant babied him. With Josh’s learning disability he made mistakes such as switching letters and numbers around, going the wrong way on the baseball field when at bat, and switching up the word order. As school began Josh became friends with both boys and girls and learned that not everyone was cruel. Unfortunately Simon’s friend Buck is very rude and inconsiderate by calling Josh a mental because he is Mrs. Mantimer’s classroom. Although Simon does stick up for his brother, he tends to shy away from taking Josh anywhere he goes, either to play kickball or to go fishing. Josh was included into another fifth grade class during art, gym, and music where he met new friends as well. The biggest incident that happened was when the boys went to Lake Winacchi to fish but then got their bike stolen before leaving the lake. When the car drove away with Simon and Buck’s bikes, Josh remembered the license plate by using a mnemonic device he learned during school. Buck sprained his ankle when he was running after the truck and Simon was flung forward by the van driving off and scrapped his elbow. Josh’s bike was the only bike left and it was up to him to find his way home. He found his way home by remembering landmarks and asking people for help. In the end Buck and Simon promised to not make fun of Josh and realized he was just like them. Josh’s family and friends were very proud of him and everything he accomplished. Josh felt great about himself and was very proud. This book was very heartfelt and portrayed how children would react to a new student with a disability; as well as how a child with dyslexia would react towards others around him. I think Josh’s teacher did a great job of making Josh feel welcomed and comfortable with his new surroundings. Also I liked how Mrs. Mantimer called Josh’s parents to tell them about his progress and how hard he works. I would have my students read this book or do a read aloud to allow them to see both sides of life and certain situations. I think he was included well into the different classrooms because learning the main content areas are different than participating in electives. I would take time to explain to my students about the differences, but that everyone has similarities and may enjoy the same things as others. I believe that dyslexia shouldn’t be looked at as a drawback or weakness.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.