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Children's LiteratureIt may be true that no one in the United States, or perhaps the world, is unfamiliar with the Disney legacy because of the many theme parks, television shows, products, and movies. Nevertheless, not many may be familiar with how this legacy came to be. Walt Disney is a part of the Weekly Reader series called "People We Should Know" which covers the lives of famous people: their early years, hardships, accomplishments, and impact on the world. The "bootstrap" experience of Walt Disney is brought to life as we learn that Disney's early years were not all pixie dust and magic. In fact, for a time, he lived and worked on the family farm where money was scarce and he had to use scraps of toilet paper for his drawings. Brown follows the stages of Disney's life—how he began drawing, moved to California, and started his companies—through brief chapters that make the amount of information accessible to the middle reader and even fascinating for adults. A glossary and index also help to make this book a perfect choice for learning in the bilingual or Spanish-only classroom. 2006, Weekly Reader Early Learning Library, Ages 8 up.
—Michelle Negron Bueno