Perhaps not as affecting a story as Karen (1952) but again a chronicle of faith and a working belief which were effective in...

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TWO LEGS TO STAND ON

Perhaps not as affecting a story as Karen (1952) but again a chronicle of faith and a working belief which were effective in overcoming the obstacles created by the spastic variety of cerebral palsy which claimed the author at birth. With a Dad and a Mother who never faltered in their confidence that their boy would walk and with his own determined struggles to cooperate, he went through braces, white pills, osteopathy chiropractice, electric shock and operations before he knew success. Then he mastered his up and down existence, learned to fall and never stopped opening new doors to independence. In spite of an affected right arm and leg and left foot and the uncertainty of muscular control, he worked into physical participation in grammar school, in sports and in the Scouts; music and gym and the debating team took him further out of the web of dependence; college brought him writing and summers saw him working on Kansas newspapers; swimming and driving a car helped to round the picture. The self-knowledge and understanding of disability should be of personal interest to those similarly afflicted, and to their friends and families; for the courage and aspiration makes for an unblighted life in undaunted terms.

Pub Date: Feb. 20, 1954

ISBN: N/A

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Publisher: Appleton-Century-Crofts

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1, 1954