Patrick and Emma Louby Nan Holcomb, Dot Yoder
Patrick, who has cerebal palsy, and Emma Lou, who has spina bifida, encourage each other as they learn to use their walkers. Patrick's dream of walking like other children makes this an excellent story for classmates of children with disabilities to grow in understanding. It is also encouraging reading for the child who is beginning with a walker.
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The two immediately likable characters, Patrick, with cerebral palsy, and Emma Lou, with spina bifida, set out to master walkers while at physical therapy. Emma Lou, a bit older, is more proficient with the equipment, and Patrick takes note, eventually achieving some mastery of the equipment. Despite an occasional fall, tumble, and jumble of spills, the two youngsters share the positive learning experience and progressive skills development and learn to accept themselves for the people they are. This entire series of Turtle Books deals tactfully and positively with the challenges of special needs children in social settings and is valuable to introduce sensitivity awareness to all. Approved by the American Academy of Pediatrics.