An eight-year-old girl talks about what her life is like with the disease of JRA or juvenile rheumatoid arthritis.
Children's Literature - Meredith KigerThis sensitive portrait of a girl who suffers from Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis has everything needed to foster understanding of this disease among other children. Written by a rehabilitation counselor, it includes concise information about arthritis, easily understandable for primary-aged children, as well as the Nocole's personal experiences in her own words as she struggles with the disease. The photographs further illustrate the emotions of Nicole and those around her as she triumphs over everyday activities. A glossary of terms, an explanation of the "Individuals with Disabilities Education Act", and addresses for seeking further information are included.
School Library JournalK-Gr 5Eight-year-old Nicole has Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis. Her parents are divorced; she has a cat at her mother's house and a dog at her father's house. She attends Catholic school and likes to draw and read. She suffers a lot of pain, her medicine causes her to gain weight, and she often uses a wheelchair. When Leslie was a baby, meningitis caused brain damage. In spite of her disability, she celebrates her Bat Mitzvah, skis, and takes ice-skating lessons, and has skated in the Special Olympics. She sometimes has to deal with kids who are cruel, but she has friends and an understanding family who support her. Most books about mental retardation for children concern Down's syndrome; this one portrays a different kind of child who has achieved some memorable goals. In both titles, black-and-white photographs, at least one per page, show the girls in their activities at home and at school, which are not very different from those of most middle-class children. The first-person narratives give an all-around view of the special and mundane aspects of their worlds and conclude with information about the condition under discussion.Martha Gordon, formerly at South Salem Library, NY
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