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The Boy Who Said Nonsense
By Felicia Sanzari Chernesky
ALBERT WHITMAN & CompanyCopyright © 2016 Felicia Sanzari Chernesky
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Mama asked Papa to pick the last pumpkin from the patch so she could make stew for supper. Instead of the pumpkin, he found a round and ruddy baby boy.
Back at the farmhouse, Papa showed the baby to Mama and Balen. "I found him in the pumpkin patch."
Mama was shocked. "A pumpkin-patch baby? That's nonsense!"
But then she held out her arms to the beautiful boy.
"Nonsense," cooed Balen as they swathed his new brother in a dish towel.
They named the baby Tate.
Soon little Tate was toddling about the pumpkin patch on two sturdy feet.
Papa wiped his brow. "How many rows left to hoe?" "I'm not sure," said Balen. "One, two, three —"
"Eleven!" chirped Tate.
"His first word!" crowed Papa.
"And he counted right!" Balen added when he finished counting for himself.
"Nonsense!" scoffed Mama. "Tate's too young to count!"
Five more autumns rolled by and Tate was old enough to go to school with Balen and the other children in the village.
"Balen, will you look after your brother?" asked Mama.
"You can count on me!" Balen promised.
"Eleven!" Tate chimed.
"I'm certain he'll enjoy arithmetic," said Papa as Mama shook her head.
In school Tate continued to see things his own way.
"What's two plus two?" asked Mrs. Teacher.
"Eleven," Tate answered.
"How do you spell 'tree'?" asked Mrs. Teacher.
"What insect makes honey?" asked Mrs. Teacher.
"Pay attention, Tate!" Mrs. Teacher chided.
"No more nonsense."
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This book is excellent in its representation of special characteristics of children without specifically mentioning a disability or diagnosis. It's wonderfully written and has a wonderful message. I will absolutely be reading this in my classroom as a teacher and recommend all teachers to use this as a classroom book.