Special Needs/Issues

 Don’t Call Me Special by Pat Thomas

Reviewed by Marcia Zhinin

Storyline: issue-oriented
Pace:  fast-paced
Tone: reflective, serious

A lot of words but with excellent illustrations wil make the story more understandable about children who have disabilities in a simple and reassuring way. The young children can learn about what a disability is, and how they can deal with their disability to live happy as any other child who doesn’t have a disability. They might be different but from the inside, they are like any other child.

Don’t Look At Me  by Doris Sanford

Reviewed By: Samantha Kurtzke

Tone: Moving, Emotionally Intense
Pace: Relaxed Pace
Storyline: Issue-oriented

In this story the little boy, Patrick, is being bullied at school by his classmates. He was always picked last for sports, and spelling games. When they had math problems to do on the board his classmates would laugh at him. His only friend was his pet lamb, Fluffy. One day Fluffy spoke to Patrick and told him that he was special and that for him to feel good about himself he had to stop listening to what the other kids say about him and believe in himself. Fluffy gave Patrick advice on how to be happy and not to let these things get to him. In the end Fluffy tells Patrick “You’re the best YOU there is!” This is a great read aloud book for first and second graders. It teaches them about bullying from the mind-set of a boy that has been bullied for years.


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