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Special People, Special Ways
     

Special People, Special Ways

by Arlene Maguire, Sheila Bailey (Illustrator)
 

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Winner of an iParenting Media Award!

Winner of a 2009 Preferred Choice Award by Creative Child Magazine!

“Share a joke or a dream. Make someone feel good. We need laughter, hugs, and to be understood. . . . Though we seem different, inside we’re the same. Our hearts are for caring, no matter our name.”

Arlene Maguire’s delightful

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Winner of an iParenting Media Award!

Winner of a 2009 Preferred Choice Award by Creative Child Magazine!

“Share a joke or a dream. Make someone feel good. We need laughter, hugs, and to be understood. . . . Though we seem different, inside we’re the same. Our hearts are for caring, no matter our name.”

Arlene Maguire’s delightful rhymes combine with Sheila Bailey’s rich watercolor illustrations to take the reader on a journey of discovery. Each page portrays positive images of children with various disabilities. Winner of an iParenting Media Award, this book illustrates that beyond our physical limitations is a world of unique gifts for each of us to share. Teachers and parents love to read this book aloud to promote understanding and tolerance at school and at home. The detailed artwork attracts children of all ages.

 

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“Special People, Special Ways presents a positive image of persons with disabilities. It shares the message that even though each of us may have something different about us, we share many commonalities. Coupled with the colorful illustrations, the book conveys the message that although painful at times, being different can also be glorious.”
Gerald J. Hime, Past President Council for Exceptional Children
 

School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-Maguire's attempt to generate sympathy and understanding for physically and mentally challenged individuals fails. In stilted verse, the author details various disabilities and emphasizes that "special" people need love and acceptance, too. The wording and rhymes in the text are often awkward: "Creams flow from small tubes/To soothe where it aches,/And many seek cures/For jitters and shakes." By portraying children with every imaginable handicap or infirmity including blindness, deafness, myopia, paralysis, and obesity, Bailey has diminished the effectiveness of the message. The chubby cartoon characters with oversized heads and plastered-on smiles are irritating rather than endearing. While the message is a worthy one, the delivery is unsuccessful on every level.-Esther C. Ball, Carver Elementary School, Newport News, VA Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781885477651
Publisher:
Future Horizons, Inc.
Publication date:
01/28/2000
Pages:
28
Sales rank:
248,937
Product dimensions:
9.52(w) x 8.58(h) x 0.34(d)
Age Range:
5 - 10 Years

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“Special People, Special Ways presents a positive image of persons with disabilities. It shares the message that even though each of us may have something different about us, we share many commonalities. Coupled with the colorful illustrations, the book conveys the message that although painful at times, being different can also be glorious.”
Gerald J. Hime, Past President Council for Exceptional Children
 

Meet the Author

Arlene Maguire has been writing for children for over three decades. Her books reflect her commitment to relating the importance of self-worth in young people. With a degree from Rutgers University, Arlene taught elementary school for nearly twenty years. She is a native of New Jersey and resides in San Diego, California.

Sheila Bailey's career started with Hallmark Greeting Cards. Her illustrating talent evolved rapidly into a successful freelance career. She has illustrated over 22 children's books. Sheila lives with her husband in Lake Oswego, Oregon.
 

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