Old People, Frogs, and Albert

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Nine-year-old Albert's fear of the elderly makes him reluctant to visit an older teacher after a stroke puts him in a nursing home, until his grandmother uses his love of frogs to change his mind.

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Nancy Hope Wilson is the author of Becoming Felix, which Kirkus Reviews called a "sensitive and beautifully told tale." She lives in Amherst, Massachusetts. Marcy D. Ramsey is a popular children's book illustrator. She lives in Chestertown, Maryland.

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Fourth-grader Albert has always been a little afraid of the Pine Manor Nursing Home, which he passes on the way home from school; the residents wave at him, but he just can't relax until he's well past it. When Mr. Spears--a school volunteer who helps Albert with his reading--has a stroke, he can no longer live alone, and moves into Pine Manor. Albert's wish to share his newfound ability to read with the elderly man helps him overcome his fear of the home. Wilson (Becoming Felix, 1996, etc.) pens a gentle story; the moment Albert reads to Mr. Spear, and finds the other residents listening in, is done without sentimentality. (b&w illustrations, not seen) (Fiction. 7-9) -- Copyright ©1997, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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