Peter Michael Henderson is a bench warmer in the Millard baseball Little league. He has visions of hitting imaginary balls and scoring runs for his team but his visions are mostly fantasies until he gets up in a difficult situation in which he can either be the hero or the villian. Instead of his moment of glory, Peter sustains a life threatening injury and he gives up hope of ever having a meaningful life. Just at the time Peter wants to give up, his younger sister Alicia decides to provide Peter with some rather unorthodox therapy in the form of tough sister love. Alicia's interventions turn Peter's world upside down and force him into a world he never could have imagined for himself.
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.58(d)|
About the Author
Dr. Karen Hutchins Pirnot is a Clinical Psychologist who has written numerous award-winning books for children and families. Her books stress achieving a sense of self-efficacy through facing problems common to modern life. She uses the child's natural tendencies toward creativity and curiosity to motivate problem-solution. All of Dr. Pirnot's books are certified as family-friendly media.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Peter, the Pole and the Knob: An Ordinary Kids Book based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Reviewed by Debra G for Readers Favorite One summer day, during the excitement of a baseball game, there was an accident, lives were changed forever. Peter Michael Henderson hit the ball and slid into first base. The second baseman and pitcher collided. One of them fell on Peter’s head and severed his spinal cord. At 8 years of age, Peter was paralyzed and on a ventilator. His best friend Steve blamed himself, although it wasn’t his fault. Peter’s mother was an incredibly strong woman and her life had changed forever. Alicia, Peter’s little sister, was a dynamo bringing a smile to Peter’s face and reuniting him with his best friend. I was deeply affected by this book. I could barely see to read the text as tears blurred my vision. "Learning To Be Me" is an incredible story. It is a tale of strength and courage. The characters in this story are well defined. The plot is fiction, based on actual events. Dr. Karen Pirnot has a talent for bringing her characters to life. She also successfully expresses emotions through her art. This book will stay with the you long after reading the last word.
What a powerful story! The first few chapters will be hard to read as a little boy experiences catastropic physical injuries. But, if you hang in there, you are in for a real treat. Just at the moment when little Peter Henderson wants to give up on life, his little sister Allie enters the picture. With her precocious mind and her tenacious attitude, she literally wills a quality life for her brother, leaving chaos and love wherever she goes. This is the first of the Ordinary Kinds books and it will leave you breathless and laughing! Intended for mid-grade readers, I think adults will enjoy it as well. The thing I love about Dr. Pirnot's books is that the reader can just hop right into the story and be a cheerleader to the final pages. This series should be in school libraries as it is a reality-based series which deals with special needs children in situations in which they become heros in their own lives.
MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK This is a book that will benefit each child or adult that reads it. Peter can no longer play the game of baseball, something he loves to do. This is because Peter was is a quadriplegic because of a horrible accident playing the game. Now he has to deal with those in his school bullying him about his disability. This book is especially special to me now, because my 12 year old cousin in Florida, one I never got to meet, took her life a few months ago because of the horrific bullying from other young girls in the area. How horrible that kids feel they need to make fun of others that are different. When in reality, kids should be praising and uplifting their fellow students because of the difficulties they overcome daily in order to live. This is truly a book that every school age child should read! Dr. Pirnot has written many awesome children’s books, and I label this one as my favorite of hers so far. I strongly encourage you to pick up a copy of Peter, the Pole and the Knob for your child to read, and I also encourage everyone who reads this to make sure the school and public libraries in your area have this book on their shelves. I received this book from the author, Dr. Karen Hutchins Pirnot to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.