Friday, February 22, 2008

Smarty Saturday: Chicken Soup For The Soul- Celebrates Children With Special Needs

Yeah, I know its not Saturday yet, but I'm going to Michigan this weekend with Diana and the crew, so I thought I'd post Smarty Saturday early for your reading enjoyment.
Even if you're not a big fan of the Chicken Soup For The Soul series, you may want to check out this treasury of true stories about children with special needs.
All of the stories in this book are different, but in many ways they are all the same, showing that children, no matter what their special needs are, are children.
For instance, when little Evan was born with Down syndrome, his mother mourned for her toddler daughter, who she thought would not get to experience the typical brother-sister relationship with Evan. Now, six years later, this mother knows better, as she writes about how Evan and his sister are alternately the best of friends and the worst of enemies, playing together constantly, arguing about how life would be better if each was an only child, but then missing each other whenever they are separated. How much more "typical" does it get?
Or the story by the mother who shuttled her thirteen-year-old son from doctor to doctor, trying to get to the root of his emotional and behavioral problems. The day she learned that Josh had Bipolar Disorder, she was broken-hearted, but Josh's smile stopped her in her tracks as the young boy insisted they go "celebrate." While Josh's mother was upset that her child was different, Josh was overjoyed to learn that the Bipolar Disorder was what was causing his differences, and that he wasn't, in his own words, "evil."
There's the story of Rebekah, the twelve-year-old who has cerebral palsy and also a "need for speed" as she whizzes down the ski slopes in her wheelchair. There's the story of five-year-old Noah, whose inability to hear what his new playmates were saying was completely overshadowed by his ability to climb better than any of them, causing his little friends to view him in awe. There is Jonny, the little boy with autism, whose literal take on words was made obvious when he covered himself head-to-toe with deodorant and then jumped into the bathtub, to find out if the deodorant really would "prevent wetness" like the label said. And nine-year-old Jessica, the little girl with autism who has never met a stranger... because in her eyes, people she doesn't know are just friends she hasn't met yet!
This is a great book, a quick read, and I'm glad I stumbled upon it. I hope you'll pick it up, too!
This book is available at Bookwise.
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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the recommendation - I will definitely look for this one on the shelves! -