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Mandy Sue Day

Mandy Sue Day

by Karen Ritz
     
 

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This elegant prose poem, illustrated with realistic watercolor paintings, tells how a blind girl, using her senses of taste, hearing, touch, and smell, enjoys a special day with her horse, Ben.

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This elegant prose poem, illustrated with realistic watercolor paintings, tells how a blind girl, using her senses of taste, hearing, touch, and smell, enjoys a special day with her horse, Ben.

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"Karim's prose, which borders on blank verse, beautifully conveys the child's sensations and emotions. Ritz's illustrations in muted colors have an old-fashioned ambiance and and depict a warm family and the area's open landscape." School Library Journal
Children's Literature - Barbara B. Disckind
What a terrific book! The parents in this story support their child's desire to live a normal life, even when she has a physical handicap-in this case, blindness. And what a wonderful idea, giving children a day that is free of chores and then naming the day on their behalf. Each child gets to choose how he or she wants to spend the day. Younger readers will come to understand the close friendship that can exist between someone their own age and an animal; here it's a wise horse named Ben. Mandy Sue has decided to spend her day with Ben. The beautiful and detailed watercolors seem to glow and reflect the happiness found in the face of this very special girl.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-Mandy Sue's father gives each of his children a day off from their farm chores and their home-schooling lessons to enjoy the days of Indian summer, and today is her day. She describes her activities in sensual detail as she feeds and grooms her horse, Ben, saddles and bridles him, and goes for a ride in the surrounding countryside. After a sumptuous family dinner, she asks if she can sleep in the stable loft that night, and her parents agree that Ben will take care of her. Only as she sets off for the barn and her little brother brings her a flashlight do readers learn that Mandy Sue is blind. Karim's prose, which borders on blank verse, beautifully conveys the child's sensations and emotions. Ritz's illustrations in muted colors have an old-fashioned ambiance and depict a warm family and the area's open landscape. Children will think differently about ``handicaps'' such as blindness after reading this story, and teachers wishing to engender discussion about differences should find it a provocative way to begin.-Louise L. Sherman, Anna C. Scott School, Leonia, NJ
Mary Harris Veeder
Better to judge this by the jacket illustration than by the jacket copy, which gives away the fact that Mandy Sue is blind. The jacket, showing Mandy Sue standing near her horse, will appeal directly to young horse lovers. There's no "poster child" sentimentality in the story, which follows Mandy Sue during an autumn day on the farm as she spends time with her horse and does things many children might enjoy. Only at the story's close, when her little brother offers her a flashlight, does she reveal "I can't see." What the pictures communicate so clearly is the extent of the world Mandy Sue knows and what a day full of fun she has.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780395661550
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
09/28/1994
Edition description:
None
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.12(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.36(d)
Lexile:
AD460L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Born outside Cincinnati, Ohio, Roberta Karim grew up in the country, surrounded by wooded hills, wildflowers, and horses. As a child and young adult, she had the opportunity to travel extensively, visiting 28 countries in all. She graduated from high school at the International School of Brussels in Belgium and spent her first two years of college at John Cabot International College in Rome, Italy. Coming home to reverse culture shock, Roberta graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a bachelor's degree in English Literature. She then proceeded to graduate school at Purdue University, where she earned a master's degree in English Literature and Composition. While at Purdue, Roberta taught Freshman and Remedial Composition, and English as a Second Language. At the other end of the spectrum, she has taught pre-schoolers for 8 years.

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