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Billy and his classmates, who are physically challenged, learn that they can go skiing just like other youngsters when they are fitted with special equipment, such as a sit-ski, and feel the freedom and exhilaration of a sport from which they once were excluded.
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Grade 2-4?Billy, who has cerebral palsy, uses a wordboard for communication and is in a class with other wheelchair-mobile children. When his teachers tell them that they are taking the youngsters skiing, he is excited but apprehensive, and readers are sure to share his initial fear of the unknown. Unfortunately, the text is stiff, because Moran inserts lots of information about handicaps, accessibility, skiing, and sit-ski techniques into the story. However, Westcott's watercolor-and-ink illustrations enhance the presentation. This title will be of special interest to those who live in ski country, where the physically challenged participate in programs similar to the one featured. Libraries may want to purchase this book for all the good that it accomplishes and hope for a better treatment of the subject in the future.?Gale W. Sherman, Pocatello Public Library, ID
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Ages 7-10. Billy, who uses a wheelchair, never imagined himself able to ski, so he's very excited when he discovers that he and his disabled classmates are going to have a chance to learn. He describes his experiences at Snow Valley, where disabled people are able to use adaptive equipment and are helped by specially trained instructors. Some of Billy's classmates use such devices as crutches on skis; Billy uses a sit-ski. His detailed narrative describes how the equipment works as well as his adventures on the slopes. The accompanying watercolor illustrations are lively and colorful and will be helpful for introducing readers to specialized ski equipment. A book that will inspire as well as promote understanding and awareness. Lauren Peterson
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Book Description Concept Books, 1994. Condition: New. Nadine Bernard Westcott (illustrator). book. Seller Inventory # M0807536180
Book Description Concept Books, 1994. Library Binding. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0807536180
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