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Extraordinary Friends (Mr. Rogers) Paperback – January 1, 2000
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Grade 1-3-Rogers deals with the concerns, questions, and confusion children may have about people with special needs. He begins by describing common feelings they experience when they meet someone with a disability, such as curiosity, fear, or surprise. Readers are reassured that these reactions are normal and that getting to know individuals is the best way to understand and appreciate them. Although the author repeats some of the same advice found in his Adoption (1995), Divorce (1996) and Stepfamilies (1997, all Putnam)-for example, how helpful it is for children to talk to grown-ups about their feelings-this book also offers gentle suggestions for becoming friends with "extraordinary" people. Bright, colorful photographs depict six children with special needs in various situations. The first page introduces them and some of the things they like. Although the large-print text is easy to read, the book is best shared aloud as discussion is bound to follow.
Christine Lindsey, Lake Superior Primary School, Ashland, WI
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.
The latest in the Let's Talk about It series takes an honest, clear look at an issue that children often find intimidating and scary--disabilities. Children who use wheelchairs, communicate via computer screens, and have less-visible disabilities go about their daily routines with other children in brightly lit, color-saturated photographs. The well-known Rogers states simply that all people want to love and be loved and that people are alike even if they don't "walk or talk or learn the same way you do." He encourages children to ask questions and to start a conversation the way you would with anyone, by saying "Hi" and giving your name. He reminds children that sometimes people may not want help, so you should ask first, and that friends can tell each other even hard things, like "I don't like when you do that." Disabled adults figure in the pictures, too, including a storytime librarian who uses a wheelchair. Recommended for all collections. GraceAnne A. DeCandido --This text refers to the Turtleback edition.
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