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Best Friend on Wheels (Concept Book) Hardcover – March 1, 2008


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 520L (What's this?)
  • Series: Concept Book
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Albert Whitman & Company; 1 edition (March 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807588687
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807588680
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 8.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #992,727 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kindergarten-Grade 3—A rhyming text looks at two friends who share good times. It begins with a list of interests they share, and the colorful cartoon illustrations delightfully capture them in their favorite activities—reading, playing Frisbee, eating pizza (both pick off the peppers). It's not until several pages into the book that Sarah's wheelchair is revealed. Then the narrator flashes back to the day her second-grade teacher suggested that she show the new girl around. "When I saw she was using a wheelchair, I froze.…/I stammered and stuttered./I might say the wrong thing, I thought-so I muttered. I wanted to get a good look at her chair,/but I felt like a jerk, so I tried not to stare." Children will identify with these feelings. The girls find something in common to begin a conversation—they are both "rock hounds." The rhyme moves quickly yet touches on many aspects of life for people in wheelchairs—the rude reactions, getting into bed, and children's normal activities. The artwork conveys the same positive fun as the text. The book's lesson is evident without being didactic; the story focuses on real friendship, not the disability. The narrator sums it up: "It's odd that the moment I met her I'm sure/I saw only the wheelchair…./but now I see Sarah first—and she's cool!" This is an excellent addition that will work for groups as well as individual reading.—Carolyn Janssen, Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, OH
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"Shirley celebrates friendship and helps dispel many misconceptions about life in a wheelchair."

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I like the rhyming words.
D. Burton
Excellent story about friendship and a great book to share with a school class if your child uses a wheelchair!
Lynne Fogel
Most irresistible of all is her sweet intelligence.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. Linton on February 29, 2008
Format: Hardcover
"Best Friend on Wheels" is a delightful story that humanizes disability in a simple and fun way. The tale helps any reader, young or old, to think about the similarities that connect us all while still appreciating the differences that make each of us unique. The charming story of two friends provides a bright platform that can enable readers, especially children, to have a comfortable dialogue about disability, and get past any uncertainties or apprehensions they may have about disability. As a wheelchair user, I appreciate the way in which Shirley captures some of the small details of what it's like to use a wheelchair while providing an active and energetic image of a wheelchair user. The vibrant, active images complement the narrative to make the story engaging and enjoyable - every reader will want to have a friend on wheels!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Richman on June 12, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I LOVE this book. Children's books about disability are often too cutesy for me, and unrealistic. Not this one! It addresses that awkwardness someone can feel if they aren't used to seeing someone in a wheelchair and is an overall fun read. The illustrations are great, too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lynne Fogel on February 27, 2008
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A tale of two friends - one of whom uses a wheelchair. Deals with how people often feel when meeting someone who uses a wheelchair. Focuses on how we are all more alike than different. Excellent story about friendship and a great book to share with a school class if your child uses a wheelchair!
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By David Baker on December 29, 2012
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This book was to replace a damaged book at my preschool. It is a good book for young children. Recommended.
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