Gr 3-6-Eight children describe their disabilities and how they have learned to cope with them. They talk about things they like to do, how and when they realized they had a problem, and what they have done to overcome it. Most of the youngsters have dyslexia, which was discovered when they were in about second grade. After that, most of them were sent to a special school or class, although some are mainstreamed and have tutors. Black-and-white photographs show that they range in age from about 8 to 11 and are from different ethnic and economic backgrounds. Reading about children with learning disabilities may be helpful to some readers, but the stories recounted here are too similar and general to be of great help to those dealing with similar problems. Better books on the subject are available, such as Paul Almonte and Theresa Desmond's Learning Disabilities (Crestwood, 1992) and Kids Explore the Gifts of Children with Special Needs (John Muir, 1994).-Margaret C. Howell, West Springfield Elementary School, VA
Eight youngsters, ranging in age from 9 to 13, speak out about their learning problems and their lives. Black-and-white photos give face to the earnest young people, who talk about what they do well--one is an artist, another a runner, a third writes poetry, and one is certain he has ESP--as well as their difficulties in school. Some recall cutting remarks and the relief at discovering that being learning disabled isn't the same as being unintelligent. But by and large, these profiles promote the idea that with the right resources (extra help from parents, special classes, a computer), children can be helped and happy. An enlarged typeface makes the book easier to read.