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Colorful, cartoon-like illustrations clearly depict signs with mealtime meaning. From "eat" to "all done" (with more in between), the simple signs can easily be shared with young children to aid communication or just for a different way of sharing.
Thank You, Mr. Falker
Learning how to read isn't easy for Trisha. But with the help and support of a wise new teacher, she begins to blossom. Told with warmth and sensitivity, and illustrated in Polacco's signature style, the story of a girl overcoming dyslexia is based on the author's own experience.
He's My Brother
Jamie’s brother narrates this touching look at a learning disability and how it affects not only Jamie but also his family. Jamie doesn’t do well in school and is much more content at home. Though it remains unspecified, the portrayal of Jamie’s learning disability will resonate with those who have struggled or seen someone else toil.
Ms. McCaw Learns to Draw
Even though Dudley Ellington has trouble focusing on school work, his teacher is the very patient Mrs. McCaw. But the talented Mrs. McCaw cannot draw a face in profile — that is until Dudley patiently shows her (and his class) how to do so. Lighthearted, cartoon-like illustrations are used to enhance the straightforward text.
My Travelin' Eye
Her "travelin' eye" doesn't bother the narrator at all but it does mean that she has trouble focusing in school. The patch and eyeglasses prescribed by the ophthalmologist give her classmates something to tease her about — until she makes them her own fashion statement. Naïve illustrations are eye-catching and capture the child's world, what she sees, and how she sees it.
Lemon the Duck
Lemon was a lucky duck. His brood mates were all healthy and eventually went to live independently, but Ms. Lake and her class would always provide Lemon the special attention he needed. This surprising story is based on the author’s experience with the real Lemon the duck.
Chibi is a young boy who is excluded on the playground because he is different — he has autism. His peers only discover their admiration for him after a wise, nurturing teacher encourages his unique talent in connecting with animals. Subtle illustrations evoke Japan’s countryside and traditional art.
A Child's First Book About Play Therapy
Play Therapy is designed to answer the questions children have about therapy in words and images that 4-to-7 year olds can understand.
Look over the ledge with the child watching other kids play far below. What does she see? When they look up and see her, she is joins them below with the promise of friendship. Aerial views and limited text make this visual experience memorable, especially when we see the child who watched from above; her wheelchair does not impede her at all.
A Friend Like Simon
When an autistic child joins a mainstream school, many children can find it difficult to understand and cope with a student that is somewhat ‘different’ to them. This story encourages other children to be mindful and patient of the differences that exist and to also appreciate the positive contribution that an autistic child can make to the group.