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Mr. Knapp writes a wonderful tale of friendship, building self-esteem and the understanding of others with disabilities. This children's book is about a squirrel who stutters and how his disability affects his life and those around him. Stuttering Stan learns that friendship, understanding and self-respect are important for everyone. This book should be read by all children and adults alike to reaffirm those important life lessons that Stan's story brings to the forefront.
Tammy Flores, Executive Director The National Stuttering Association 

Written by author Artie Knapp especially for young readers ages 6 to 10, Stuttering Stan Takes a Stand is a storybook about a boy squirrel who loves many of the same things his fellow squirrels do, but has difficulty speaking. Stanley keeps his feelings about being teased bottled inside, until he makes a friend that teaches him an invaluable lesson. Charming woodland creatures and an adventures plot with heart and a solid moral distinguish this excellent book for teaching children about stuttering, whether they personally have a problem with it or not.
Midwest Book Review

Children who stutter often bear the emotional burden of being targets for undeserved teasing and bullying. Stuttering Stan is such a gift to those children as well as to any child who is teased. It gives them an empowered model for handling those bullies! Thank you for this book, Mr. Knapp.
Catherine S. Montgomery, Executive Director American Institute for Stuttering 

The plot unfolds smartly over 30 pages, complete with conflict, intrigue, rascality, love, friendship, humor and a resolution that surprises and satisfies. Knapp's story will give courage to children who stutter, reassuring them that they have a valuable voice that others should hear. It also will help children who do not stutter become more understanding. 
Bill Maxwell, Editorial Columnist, Tampa Bay Times

Artie Knapp's knack for identifying the things that worry children shines in Stuttering Stan Takes a Stand. His characters, displayed in especially lovely illustrations, and their interactions, are those young children will recognize from their experiences on playgrounds and in their classrooms. Embedded in this appealing story are important messages about human kindness and acceptance of challenges. This is a book I will be recommending to educators everywhere. 
Kathleen Carpenter, Editor, Teachers.Net Gazette
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 and up
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: MightyBook Inc. (November 18, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0983135541
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983135548
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #688,905 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

In 2006, Artie Knapp wrote a children's story titled The Wasp and the Canary. Artie had never intended on becoming a children's author, but after that story was published it would lead him on a journey that has become his life's calling. To date, he's had over 30 children's literature works published that includes books, videos, stories and poems. These works have been published in over 300 publications across the world. In India, distinguished publishers Orient BlackSwan and Oxford University Press have both used Artie's stories in course books across the country. Among his writing credits are the children's books, Stuttering Stan Takes a Stand, and Living Green: A Turtle's Quest for a Cleaner Planet, a shortlist finalist for the Green Earth Book Award. Artie is a member of The Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, and graduated from Ohio University. He lives in Cincinnati, Ohio, with his wife and daughter.

To learn more about Artie and his work, please visit him online at

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michael Seahorn on June 19, 2012
Format: Paperback
Reviewing children's books is a first for me, but this one caught my interest for personal reasons. Disappointingly, it wasn't the kind of story I was expecting. "Stuttering Stan" isn't a book for children who stutter as much as it is for children who are around a child who stutters; teaching the lesson that making fun of speech difficulties can hurt feelings. All fine and good, but there are a few things about the book that bug me.

"Stuttering Stan" isn't your typical picture book, in as that there's a lot more text than illustrations; it's obviously written for children in the third or fourth grade. I'm no child psychologist, but I can't help but think that at this age, children oughtn't be encouraged to identify people by their conditions or disabilities, like Stanley the squirrel is until the end of the book. What's next - "Autistic Otto," "Tourette Theresa," "Cerebral Palsy Sasha?" I'm not encouraging that disabilities in children remain unrecognized, but this seems like a very immature and sticky way to go about it.

The book makes a couple good points about the benefit of friends and the courage required to make them, and not treating others as poorly as they treat us. However, the book doesn't really address the anxiety that limits the social life of a lot of young stutterers. In the book, Stanley doesn't want to share his candy bars with the other animals because (1) he's a squirrel, and all squirrels hoard food for the winter, and (2) he doesn't like that they tease him about his stuttering. The second reason is obviously relatable to the human world, but the story goes on to compare stuttering to having missing front teeth, and that being able to cope with the one is the same as the other. WRONG.
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This is a wonderful story about overcoming the odds. Stuttering Stan overcomes bullying with the help of his friend. This short but entertaining story includes many messages about bullying, standing up for yourself, standing up for others etc. It also shows the important role that bystanders play in bullying situations and that bullies are often covering up for their own weaknesses. All of these messages are so subtle in the story, which makes it such a treasure as a teaching resource. It can be enjoyed simply as a story, or can become an important teaching resource about individual differences, disabilities and anti-bullying.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Melody Kephart on May 5, 2009
Format: Paperback
This book deals with not only a speech impediment but also friendship, bullying, self-esteem, acceptance, and much more. A child with a stuttering problem would be able to relate to Stan and a child without the disorder would learn acceptance and understanding of speech impediments. This author does an exceptional job of identifying an every day problem. Everyone, regardless of age, should read this book. It would be great to use in a classroom. It does not have many illustrations, which is a good tool to use when teaching children literary devices such as imagery within the text. It would also make an excellent guided reading book. I would give this book more than two thumbs up!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mymcbooks on May 31, 2012
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My Review: I have review a lot of books that talks about bullying and this story is no different. It's about a stuttering squirrel named Stanley and his courage to stand up to a mean nasty raccoon named Raker who finds joy in bullying others. This is a must read for every child who stutter.

FTC Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion in any way.
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