Be Good to Eddie Lee

Be Good to Eddie Lee

by Virginia Fleming


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Christy's mother always tells her to be good to Eddie Lee, a neighborhood child with Down's Syndrome. But Christy wants to run and play — and not worry about Eddie Lee tagging along. One hot summer day, though, Eddie Lee takes Christy to a secret place in the woods and teaches her that beautiful things can be found in unexpected places.

"What makes Fleming's first book so effective are the carefully selected details and authentic portrayal of the children's attitudes — as well as Cooper's luminous art, summoning up all the enchantment of a lovely summer day and presenting Eddie Lee as believably endearing". — Kirkus Reviews, pointer review 

"(A book) that can lead children away from harmful stereotypes and labels". — Book Links

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780698115828
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 08/28/1997
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 372,614
Product dimensions: 8.00(w) x 10.25(h) x 0.15(d)
Lexile: AD380L (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Virginia Fleming is the author of the picture book Be Good to Eddie Lee.

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Be Good To Eddie Lee 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
laceyfield on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Summary:This is a book about Christy and her neighbor Eddie Lee, who has Down Syndrome. He gets made fun of a lot and Christy thinks he is a nuisance. Christy's parents want her to be nicer and let Eddie tag along but she doesn't want that to happen. One day Christy and her friend are going to hang out and Eddie follows them.They tell him to go home but he wants to follow and hang out with them. After the eventfull afternoon, Christy learns that she should be nicer to Eddie and he isn¿t the nuisance she thought he was after all. Personal Reflection:I loved this book. I want to be a Special Ed teacher, so this was helpful to me to learn about how others treat people with disabilities. Classroom Extensions:1. This is a great book to explain to students that not all people are the same.2. This will hopefully help students not to bully other students with disabilities.
downs_advocate More than 1 year ago
As someone who loves the idea of children's books designed to introduce children to the idea of friends with Down syndrome, I immediately ordered 2 copies of this book without having read it with the thought of donating a copy to the local school. Imagine my surprise when I received the book, and instead of a touching tale of equality, this author has managed to describe children with Downs as animals. See comments like "he waddled behind them." In addition the illustrations of the boy with Down syndrome are not of the same quality as the other children. I'm sure the author and illustrator had the best intentions, but this is one to avoid at all costs. Best intentions, but just hurts the goal of teaching different but equal to children. DO NOT BUY!
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BR22LC More than 1 year ago
I bought this book in order to help my students understand our new student who has Down Syndrome. I think this will make the transistion go much more smoothly although they are a great group of kids who are understanding, plus this book is enjoyable to read. It has a great message about people and that being different is okay.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love books that are simple and can convey messages. This book hits the heart, the place like no other where true emotion can be felt. College Instructor read this to my class in Spring 05' or 06' and I still remember this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was first introduced to me in 3rd grade and still to this day I will never forget this story. The story of Eddie Lee was so heart warming and helped me understand down syndrome better. I will never read a book like this that inspired me in so many ways.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My oldest daughter's special ed teacher read this book to my younger daughter's 2nd grade class. I believe it gave the kids something to think about.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a great book. I really like it.