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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...

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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.

Any book

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.

 
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