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Six-year-old Monty, who suffers from asthma, cannot have a pet, isn't allowed to participate in any game that requires too much physical activity, and sometimes has to be rushed to the hospital. As he begins first grade, he is apprehensive about being away from home all day, and about making friends. He does, however, find activities that won't irritate his condition. He is an excellent reader who is interested in many different subjects. He also discovers that he is good at finding items that other kids have lost and does this with much alacrity, winning praise from the principal's secretary. At one point, he adopts a caterpillar as a temporary pet. Through his experiences, Monty learns that by sharing his enthusiasm with others and being true to himself, he is able to make several friends. The pages are peppered with illustrations depicting Monty interacting with many people. This book should be a winner with children who want to be appreciated for their own unique qualities, rather than being singled out for their handicaps, whether real or imagined.
—Donna AtmurCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.