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Small Steps: The Year I Got Polio (Anniversary Edition) Hardcover – January 1, 2006
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This anniversary edition includes an updated and extended epilogue about the author's experiences since the original publication. It also includes twelve pages of new photos and a lengthy section about polio, past and present.
- Format: Hardcover
- Publication Date: 1/1/2006
- Pages: 224
- Reading Level: Age 8 and Up
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Ultimately, this book is very accessible for people of any age, but especially kids. The language is simple but paints clear pictures of how Peg felt. She writes about the sadness of losing a favorite stuffed animal and the incredible joy of being able to drink a chocolate milkshake after being refused it for days. These simple things make it easy to relate to Peg and the other kids she writes about, even if we can't relate to her experience with polio.
As a parent, I appreciate all the information included about the history of polio. I appreciate the lessons Peg learned and shares with us, including never giving up, the importance of family, and how small kindnesses can make a big difference. There are beautiful life lessons subtly woven into this book that can provide great topics of conversation.
I recommend this book for any kid or family.
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.
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.
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.