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Stuttering Stan Takes a Stand Paperback – November 18, 2010
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Mr. Knapp writes a wonderful tale of friendship, building self-esteem and the understanding of others with disabilities. This children's book is about a squirrel who stutters and how his disability affects his life and those around him. Stuttering Stan learns that friendship, understanding and self-respect are important for everyone. This book should be read by all children and adults alike to reaffirm those important life lessons that Stan's story brings to the forefront.
Tammy Flores, Executive Director The National Stuttering Association
Written by author Artie Knapp especially for young readers ages 6 to 10, Stuttering Stan Takes a Stand is a storybook about a boy squirrel who loves many of the same things his fellow squirrels do, but has difficulty speaking. Stanley keeps his feelings about being teased bottled inside, until he makes a friend that teaches him an invaluable lesson. Charming woodland creatures and an adventures plot with heart and a solid moral distinguish this excellent book for teaching children about stuttering, whether they personally have a problem with it or not.
The Midwest Book Review
Children who stutter often bear the emotional burden of being targets for undeserved teasing and bullying. Stuttering Stan is such a gift to those children as well as to any child who is teased. It gives them an empowered model for handling those bullies! Thank you for this book, Mr. Knapp.
Catherine S. Montgomery, Executive Director American Institute for Stuttering
The plot unfolds smartly over 30 pages, complete with conflict, intrigue, rascality, love, friendship, humor and a resolution that surprises and satisfies. Knapp's story will give courage to children who stutter, reassuring them that they have a valuable voice that others should hear. It also will help children who do not stutter become more understanding.
Bill Maxwell, Editorial Columnist, Tampa Bay Times
Artie Knapp's knack for identifying the things that worry children shines in Stuttering Stan Takes a Stand. His characters, displayed in especially lovely illustrations, and their interactions, are those young children will recognize from their experiences on playgrounds and in their classrooms. Embedded in this appealing story are important messages about human kindness and acceptance of challenges. This is a book I will be recommending to educators everywhere.
Kathleen Carpenter, Editor, Teachers.Net Gazette
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"Stuttering Stan" isn't your typical picture book, in as that there's a lot more text than illustrations; it's obviously written for children in the third or fourth grade. I'm no child psychologist, but I can't help but think that at this age, children oughtn't be encouraged to identify people by their conditions or disabilities, like Stanley the squirrel is until the end of the book. What's next - "Autistic Otto," "Tourette Theresa," "Cerebral Palsy Sasha?" I'm not encouraging that disabilities in children remain unrecognized, but this seems like a very immature and sticky way to go about it.
The book makes a couple good points about the benefit of friends and the courage required to make them, and not treating others as poorly as they treat us. However, the book doesn't really address the anxiety that limits the social life of a lot of young stutterers. In the book, Stanley doesn't want to share his candy bars with the other animals because (1) he's a squirrel, and all squirrels hoard food for the winter, and (2) he doesn't like that they tease him about his stuttering. The second reason is obviously relatable to the human world, but the story goes on to compare stuttering to having missing front teeth, and that being able to cope with the one is the same as the other. WRONG. Obviously author Artie Knapp was trying to come up with a more common parallel to teach kids that teasing is hurtful, even if it's not meant maliciously, but overcoming the anxiety of two lost teeth that grow back is very different from overcoming the anxiety of struggling with words every time you open your mouth.
I'm aware that the American Institute for Stuttering and the National Stuttering Association have praised this book, and good for them - we definitely need a few more books to make children aware of disabilities like this. I only wish that one with an eye-catching cover such as this was a bit more refined and forthright in its message.
FTC Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion in any way.
1. There are only a couple small thumbnail pictures in the book.
2. The story is way to long for kids to stay interested in.
3. You don't call someone that stutters "Stuttering Stan" I wonder if the author has ever met someone that stutters.
4. Is this book about stuttering or about saving food for the winter? The intro of the story, and quite frankly the whole story, does not follow the title of the book.