Nine-year-old Margaret, confined to a wheelchair by spina bifida, longs for a new, lightweight "sportsmodel" chair so that she can speed around as fast as the athletic brother with whom she has an ongoing rivalry.
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Grade 3-6 A story about a girl with spina bifida, who is therefore confined to a wheelchair. Margaret wants to do the things that her friends and brother do, so as the book opens, she is trying to catch a prize balloon. Her brother helps her, but claims the prize, a baseball glove. Throughout the story, Margaret continues to compete with her brother. She wants a sports model wheelchair, while her father insists that she needs a waterbed. Rabe has a definite theme, that handicapped children can lead active and productive lives. Margaret and her friend sell lemonade and sing in the park, and Margaret gets a job stacking groceries in a store. Margaret is a believable little girl and her relationships with her family are nicely done, showing that life has similar ups and downs for the handicapped, but the ending is a bit contrived and sugar-coated. Margaret C. Howell, Cameron Elementary School, Fairfax County, Va.
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Book Description Dutton Juvenile, 1987. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0525442715
Book Description Dutton Juvenile, 1987. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0525442715