Somebody Called Me a Retard Today-- And My Heart Felt Sad

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9780802781963: Somebody Called Me a Retard Today-- And My Heart Felt Sad

A girl expresses her sadness at being called a "retard" by people who do not know how loving and self-reliant she is.

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PreSchool-Grade 1-- The opening text reads, `` `When somebody called me a ``retard'' today. . . I cried.' '' The cartoonlike child is cheered up when her father reminds her of the ways in which she is like other boys and girls: having friends, doing chores, loving animals, winning races, and having feelings. The illustrations are simple, brightly colored, and add dimension to the text. Such statements as `` `I take care of Cecil' '' take on real meaning with the accompanying picture that shows the child parading proudly, carrying an overflowing dish complete with saucer to a very fat, contented-looking cat. The book's didacticism, however, gets in the way of its message. Beginning with the cover, a preachy tone is set. There is nothing to help youngsters empathize with a retarded child who is being ridiculed. The girl's abilities are presented in a defensive manner, rather than through a subtle unfolding of plot. There are no characters who change and grow, and there's no story line to catch and hold the attention of young listeners. It is doubtful that children will find the book convincing or reassuring. --Constance A. Mellon, Department of Library & Information Studies, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Publishers Weekly:

O'Shaughnessy, trained to teach the mentally disabled, offers a well-intentioned but disingenuous story about how a girl feels when taunted with the label "retard." Readers are never told what her problem actually is--rather, she is presented as just like everybody else: "I have friends. . . . I work hard in school. . . . I do my very best." Naturalistic art might have conveyed the narrator's special situation, but Garner's stylized watercolors--spare figures against white backgrounds--fail to suggest her uniqueness. It's hard to imagine children willing to pretend there are no differences between the "normal" and the mentally disabled; asking them to do so seems a curious way to foster empathy. Ages 4-8.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Ellen O'Shaughnessy
Published by Walker & Company (1992)
ISBN 10: 0802781969 ISBN 13: 9780802781963
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Book Description Walker & Company, 1992. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. David Garner (illustrator). book. Bookseller Inventory # M0802781969

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