- Non Fiction
TJ and His Wheelable Chair by Amanda Kehoe
List Price: £14.99
Hardcover: 34 Pages.
Published: 15 December 2016 by Austin Macauley Publishers
TJ cannot walk or talk, but he still loves to listen and play with his friends. Join him as he shows that disabilities are no barrier to a happy and fulfilling life...
by Debra Found
Good Talking Points
This will be an ideal book to use to have a discussion with children
about people with disabilities. It shows that TJ is just an ordinary
person who wants to join in and be included with everyone else. He likes
to play and laugh with his friends just like everyone else.
which seeks to break down the barriers between able-bodied and disabled
children has to be a good thing. This is an ideal book to be shared
with a class of children hopefully leading to discussions about
including disabled people.
This is a bright and colourful book with
quite simple and childlike drawings. It is easy to see what is going on
in the pictures which relate well to the text.
I gave this book to an
adult family member who uses a wheelchair and asked their opinion. They
were very pleased that the book had been written and that it showed a
disabled boy very much the same as everyone else. He did, however, point
out that not all disabled people appreciate people coming over and
asking questions or, as shown in the first picture, sitting on them!
This is definitely a section which requires discussion as opposed to
just blanket acceptance.
As a children's book this worked well. I did
find that some of the text didn't scan very well and was a little
clunky to read. Just when I thought I was in a rhythmn there was
suddenly a longer line which didn't quite fit. To be fair, though, this
isn't the first book I have read with this problem and people who are
used to reading aloud, such as teachers, soon get over it.
This is a
good book to have available to parents and teachers. It isn't always
easy to explain these differences to children so it is good to have this
book to form a starting point.
I received a free copy of this book from the publisher.