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Small Steps: The Year I Got Polio Paperback – Bargain Price, March, 2000
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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. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
Gr. 3^-5. This heartfelt memoir takes readers back to 1949 when the author, at age 12, contracted polio. Using fictionalized dialogue, she describes her seven-month ordeal--her diagnosis and quarantine, her terrifying paralysis, her slow and difficult recuperation--and the people she encountered along the way. Kehret supplies a few words about the illness in a foreword, but because there is little sense of how medicine has evolved since her hospitalization, some children may find the vivid picture she paints scary indeed. Scary, too, is the epilogue, in which Kehret admits to having post-polio syndrome. Curious children who love Kehret's middle-grade thrillers may pick this up, but since there's little about her life as a writer, it will most likely be children interested in medical issues who will follow through. Stephanie Zvirin --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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Mrs. Kehret brings the experience vividly to life, and left me teary-eyed in places at the suffering she endured. While not shying from the truth, she also wrote in a way that would be accessible and not horrifying for children to read. It is certainly educational, and highlights the blessing that the vaccine is.
I liked her book because it inspired me to write more. It also made me a little scared like when she fell randomly. It was a good book.
I hope that her book will inspire other people to write more. I hope more people will read her book to see how good she is at writing. I hope one day I can meet Peg Kehret. Because I read this book I found out my grandma had polio and was in an iron lung.
You feel a personal connection to the main character, hanging on every word that she says. You get upset when she does, and celebrate every small accomplishment that she achieves.
Overall, a wonderful book for every age group, that leaves filled with happy tears.