For all those children who ask their parents why someone looks or acts "different," author and journalist Maria Shriver's What's Wrong with Timmy? provides a base for discussion. Kate's mother models appropriate behavior, speaking to her daughter calmly and directly, and providing examples from her own life to help Kate understand about Timmy. Illustrator Sandra Speidel's soft, intentionally hazy pastels are lovely; bold, enlarged phrases on the opposite pages of text act as captions. Shriver and Speidel collaborated previously on the tremendously popular What's Heaven?, also starring Kate and her mother. (Ages 4 to 8) --Emilie Coulter
Margaret C. Howell, West Springfield Elementary School, VA
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It is a collectors book, beautifully illustrated, and a quick, easy read.
This remarkable book comes as a welcome and much needed addition to literature for young people about a kid with special needs.
And we never do get to find out what's "wrong" with Timmy--saying "he's just like everybody else" is kind of unrealistic.
Service was prompt and easy. I have a brother who has Down's. Will pass this book on to my granddaughters after reading.Published 15 months ago by grandmar9
As a mother of a four year old little girl with Down Syndrome, I find it offensive and ignorant on the part of the author to use the word 'retarded' in this day and age. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Mika V.
A very sensitively written book for children. Children have a great capacity for liking other children, looking for their companionship, for their trust. Read morePublished on August 2, 2012 by Phil S.
What's Wrong with Timmy? This is a wonderful learning Christian book that in a delight story explains how God created every person and every person is special in their own way. Read morePublished on November 18, 2008 by Holly B. Benedick
What's Wrong with Timmy? is a children's book about a boy with a developmental disability. In this book there is a girl named Kate and a boy named Timmy. Read morePublished on July 5, 2008 by Charli Shipman
I am a Lutheran Church librarian in Florida who bought this book for our church library. It stresses that though we may have different traits and characteristics we are all worthy... Read morePublished on December 27, 2004 by a reader
Just as with What's Heaven, this story has Kate as well. I think every parent that has a child with special needs would hope that friendship and acceptance would come as quickly... Read morePublished on October 20, 2004 by Bonnie Sayers
This book is a real nightmare for children with disabilities. Maria Shriver does attempt to impart the message that nothing is wrong at all- unfortunately, she's already planted... Read morePublished on March 21, 2004 by Tracy Beck