Patrick and Emma Lou

Patrick and Emma Lou

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by 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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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.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal - School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3-- Three-year-old Patrick and six-year-old Emma Lou both have physical disabilities that keep them from walking normally. This simple story centers around Patrick's first steps with his brand new walker. He keeps bumping into things and down he goes--once tangled in a heap with Emma Lou. Sometimes he wonders why they can't be like other kids who walk easily, but then, as Emma Lou says, ``Because you're just you, Patrick and I'm just me.'' The book presents likable children in real situations. Avoiding the stereotypical characterization of disabled children as brave or pitiful, it allows readers both to groan and to laugh with Patrick as his bottom keeps hitting the floor. Yoder's simple, black-white-and-red line drawings help build empathy with the characters and events of the story. This book should be useful both for physically disabled children who will, at last, have early childhood reading that shows real kids like themselves, and for able-bodied youngsters in mainstream situations. --Constance A. Mellon, Department of Library & Information Studies, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780944727140
Publisher:
Jason & Nordic Publishers
Publication date:
02/01/1989
Series:
Turtle Bks.
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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Patrick and Emma Lou 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.