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On Saturdays, Ryan and his grandfather always go out for an early breakfast and then go fishing. Their routine is shattered when the man suffers a stroke and is unable to move the left side of his body. He slowly makes a partial recovery, but Ryan still has difficulty seeing him unable to sit, stand, or even go to the bathroom alone. Eventually, after he moves in with Ryan's family, the boy figures out how he and his grandfather can establish a new fishing routine, one in which Ryan can play a major role. Illustrations deftly parallel the story's tone with backgrounds of muted colors highlighted with some bright spots. The informative tale gently depicts how strokes can cause paralysis and what needs to be done to help the patient recover as fully as possible. Though the boy is afraid, he pushes through his fear to help his beloved relative. A lengthy "Note to Parents" explains what a stroke is, children's various reactions, and suggestions on helping them handle the stressful situation.
—Maryann H. OwenCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.