Children's LiteratureKids who are different need to be accepted and understood. With a simple text and photographs Schaefer discuss the challenges of using a wheelchair, why some children cannot walk, and the everyday activities of children who use wheelchairs. Readers will see and learn that these kids are really not much different, they play at sports, study and do their homework and enjoy a diversity of activities. The closing pages contain a word list with definitions that are written on a higher level than the text, a list of additional books, Internet sites and an index/word list. Part of the "Understanding Differences" series. 2001, Pebble/Capstone, $13.25. Ages 4 to 7. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot
School Library JournalPreS-Gr 2-Supporting national social studies standards, these books offer extremely brief discussions of special-needs children. Written and formatted in an uninspiring textbook style, each double-page spread introduces one concept, with a color photograph on the left and one or two simple sentences in large print on the right. Each cover shows a child interacting with other youngsters, but the internal pictures rarely show a special-needs child with other classmates. If the point is to understand and accept individual differences, how can one not show photographs of children with and without special needs working and playing together? Despite the controlled vocabulary, youngsters will need adult guidance to make the most of these titles.-Pamela K. Bomboy, Chesterfield County Public Schools, VA Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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