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Follow My Leader Paperback – December 1, 1994
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I have been interested in seeing eye dogs for as long as I can remember, and have dreams of training a seeing eye dog for someone in the future, which is why I couldn't have been happier to find James B. Garfield's FOLLOW MY LEADER at a used bookstore, sitting all by it's lonesome on a shelf, just waiting to be picked up and read. I purchased the book, and when I got home, quickly began reading it, finding it hard to put down. Jimmy is a wonderful character, whose adjustment to living life blind was a heartwarming tale.Read more ›
I recently had lunch at a mall food court and by chance wound up sitting next to a blind woman and her guide dog. During a very interesting conversation with this lovely lady, I discovered the training she went thru for her dog was very much like the training "Jimmy" received in "Follow My Leader". This a wonderful book for all and like many, I too read this book as a youth over 40 years ago. I'm very pleased to see it still in print.
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Jimmy Carter is an All-American eleven year old dreaming of playing in the big leagues when he is accidentally blinded in a playground accident.
Although Jimmy first sinks into self-pity, his fortune changes when he meets Social Worker Miss Thompson, who teaches him how to use a white cane and read braille. Miss Thompson also arranges for Jimmy to receive a guide dog, Leader, who becomes Jimmy's "four-legged eyes." With Leader's help, Jimmy reclaims a life he thought was closed to him forever.
FOLLOW MY LEADER is a good old-fashioned story of how determination helps to overcome all obstacles. Jimmy's story shows young readers how even a simple task like crossing a room can be fraught with risks, but it also encourages children to develop a sense of self-reliance, as Jimmy travels alone cross-country to the school where he meets and learns to work with Leader, and learns to adapt to the world around him.
And lastly, it is a tale of forgiveness, as Jimmy comes to terms with the boy responsible for his accident, and ultimately, his own circumstances.
A careful reading of the Dedication makes it clear that FOLLOW MY LEADER is semiautobiographical.
And just as trivia: I have always found it oddly fascinating that author James Garfield, who shares a name with a President named his protagonist Jimmy Carter, the name of another President who served decades after the original publication of this book.
Highly readable, enjoyable, informative, and recommended for both children and adults.
This is a book about a kid named Jimmy Carter, who loses his vision when his friend lights a firecracker and it explodes in his face.
The book chronicles Jimmy's schooling at a school for the blind, and his relationship with Leader, his seeing eye dog. The book will also teach your children the value of forgiveness. It will also teach them that, while some things come easy to them, others have to struggle. What this book WON'T teach people is to pity blind poeple. Jimmy is by NO means a weak kid. When you finish reading "Follow My Leader" you will have a new respect for him.
Buy it. It is one memorable book.
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I read this book as a Child and I still liked it reading it again as an adult. Times have changed but still stayed the same.Published 4 days ago by Amazon Customer
I read this book in the 60's. I don't know how many times I checked this out of the library but it was my favorite story. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Diver
I so hope that James B. Garfield's granddaughter reads this someday. I am a grandmother and great-grandmother as well. When I was in the 3rd grade, Mr. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Marcia Montoya
My wife and I signed up for the Secret Santa program here in our neck of the woods, and one of the gifts requested by a young boy in the family was books. Read morePublished 7 months ago by S. Watkins
I purchased this book for my 8 year old granddaughter's birthday because it was a favorite of mine as a child and I never forgot it. We read it together and she loves it too. Read morePublished 8 months ago by kathycam
Excellent book but may be a little dated. I read it when I was in the fifth grade many years ago and it was one of my favorite books then and now.Published 8 months ago by Lynn M Messner