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Wren; Hardcover – 1954

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 118 pages
  • Publisher: Dodd, Mead; First Edition edition (1954)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0007E75E8
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 5.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,747,724 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Lorrie Macgregor on September 8, 2001
Format: Paperback
If someone can get their hands on this Book, Wren, I highly
recommend it for children and parents who have a sibling with
cerebral palsy. It will teach young children that anyone with
a disability can do anything if they have their mind set to it.
Almost everyone I knew read Wren when I was growing up.
I read it because it helped me understand my own cerebral palsy.
Thanks
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 26, 1998
Format: Paperback
This is a wonderful way to introduce children to cerebral palsy. Written by the mother of a child with CP, the story is told from the point of view of the big sister. Learn how Marie views the arrival of her sister and her feelings about her sister's challenges. Especially good for children dealing with a sibling's diagnosis.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 19, 2001
Format: Paperback
"Wren" tells for children the inspiring story of Karen Killilea, the child who lived a miracle, and of her remarkable family. Beautifully illustrated, "Wren" invites the reader into the world of a child with cerebral palsy and, without ever preaching, opens the heart of a child reader before thst child has been afraid of those with disabilities. The humor and charm of the story will be much loved even in families without a special situation.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Lorrie MacGregor on April 29, 2001
Format: Paperback
i HAVE TO ADMIT THAT WREN WAS ONE OF MY FIRST lOVES I HAVE CP AND IT HELPED ME TO UNDERSTAND MY OWN CP.
UNLESS YOU KNOW THE TIME-FRAME IN WHICH THIS WAS WRITTEN,YOU CAN NOT UNDERSDTAND HOW HER MOTHER FELT. I LIKED IT
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 16, 1999
Format: Paperback
"Wren" is one of my favourite books. My other favourites are "Karen" and "With Love From Karen." I think Marie Killilea is one of the best authors ever!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MFPell on May 1, 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I think what some people who gave this book negative reviews aren't getting is that this book is for children, not adults which is the reason it might seem to "talk down" as one reviewer said. I read this book many years ago in 3rd or 4th grade and since I was a child, I did enjoy it. This children's book was also influenced me to read both "Karen" and "With Love from Karen" some years years later. Both of these books were written for teens and adults and as a teenager, I enjoyed both these books as well.

Someone else suggested that parts of the story were insulting because of the manner in which certain terminology was used. I think some readers are not aware ORIGINAL book was published in a much earlier time (late 1940s or very early 50s, I believe) at a time before awareness of how politically incorrect statements can, and ARE hurtful. However, I am not sure the author is living anymore to make the editorial changes in order to keep up with the more enlightened readers of today. Marie Killilea was an adult and Karen was already older than I when I read the book as a child.

In order to enjoy this book, it has to be taken for what it is, a CHILDREN'S book written many years ago and, therefore, rather dated as compared to children's books of these times.

I gave the book only 3 stars because it has been many years since I read it. However, I feel that since it was the reason for reading the other 2 books about Karen when I was a teenager in the 60s, it deserves at least this many.
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