From a child’s point of view, life can often seem difficult, but this brightly illustrated book―one in a set of two Live and Learn titles―encourages children never to be afraid of a challenge. It’s all right to be a little scared about things that seem hard to do, but whatever the challenge, determination and practice can get them through. The child in this story must stay in a wheelchair. Sometimes, he feels bad because he is left out of things by his classmates. One day, watching his friends play basketball, he has an idea. He decides that even while remaining in his wheelchair, he too can learn to play the game. The text is simple and the illustrations on every page are appealing. Four pages presenting activities for children appear at the back of each book, followed by a two-page section for parents, with tips on explaining the subject in more detail.
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I used to feel left out of things because I'm in a wheelchair. I thought I couldn't run around and play like the other kids.
Then one day, while I watched my friends play basketball, I had an idea. I decided that although I couldn't leave my wheelchair, I too could learn how to play the game.
It took lots of practice, sometimes on my own, and sometimes with help from my parents. But I kept on getting better and better at the game until finally I became part of the team!
In an upbeat first-person narrative, a boy in a wheelchair celebrates his life, even as he confronts his tough daily struggles. He gets loving support from his parents, but in the schoolyard, the kids greet him but don't ask him to join their games. Then he strengthens his arm muscles and makes the basketball team at school. The ending may strike some as unrealistically happy, but there is lots to talk about here, including why the kids reject him: "Could it be that they're a little scared of me because I move in a wheelchair?" The acknowledgment of that fear makes this a good discussion book, not only among the disabled. Part of the Live and Learn series (which is also available in Spanish editions), this title, classified as nonfiction, is illustrated in clear, full-page line-and-watercolor pictures and features extensive back matter, including notes to parents and lots of activities. Rochman, Hazel
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Book Description 2008. Library Binding. Book Condition: Used: Good. Bookseller Inventory # SONG1435273621