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Small Steps: The Year I Got Polio Paperback – Illustrated, January 1, 1996

4.8 out of 5 stars 363 ratings

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Gr 5-8-Twelve-year-old Peg contracts polio in 1949, but she survives the initial paralysis and eventually learns to walk again. Her engaging account will fascinate readers as she relates the symptoms, treatments, and effects of the disease. Kehret also describes antiquated treatments such as the Iron Lung. Black-and-white photos add to the story's appeal. Audio version available from AudioGO.α(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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1996 Golden Kite Award for Nonfiction
1997 ALA Notable Books for Children
1997 Top Ten Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Readers
1997 Pen Center USA West Literary Award
1998 Dorothy Canfield Fisher Book Award (Vermont)
1998-1999 Mark Twain Award (Missouri)
1998 Joan Fassler Memorial Book Award
1998-1999 Texas Bluebonnet Award, Runner-Up
1998-1999 William Allen White Master Reading List (Kansas)
1998-1999 Pennsylvania Young Readers' Choice Award Master List
1998-1999 Sequoyah Book Award Master List (Oklahoma)
1998-1999 Volunteer State Book Award Master List (Tennessee)
1998-1999 NH Great Stone Face Children's Book Award Master List
1999 Sasquatch Reading Award Master List (Washington State)
2000-2001 Iowa Children's Choice Awards Master List
2001 Rebecca Caudill Young Readers' Book Award Master List (Illinois)
2001 Young Hoosier Book Award
2015 Bluestem Book Award Master List



"She writes in an approachable, familiar way, and readers will be hooked from the first page on…Although this is an excellent record of the progress of the disease, it is also a fascinating account of how an ordinary girl with crushes and homecoming dreams had to live for part of her adolescence in an artificial, restricted environment…An honest and well-done book."―School Library Journal



"A simple, direct, and sometimes self-deprecating style of writing tenderly draws readers into Kehret's experiences and the effects of the disease firsthand. Almost a half-century later, this lovely book refocuses attention on what matters most: health, love of family, friends, determination, generosity, and compassion."―Kirkus Reviews, starred review


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  • Lexile measure : 830L
  • Grade level : 3 - 7
  • Item Weight : 7.3 ounces
  • Paperback : 179 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0807574589
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0807574584
  • Dimensions : 6 x 0.5 x 8 inches
  • Publisher : Albert Whitman & Company; Illustrated edition (January 1, 1996)
  • Reading level : 9 years
  • Language: : English
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.8 out of 5 stars 363 ratings

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