STRETCHING OURSELVES by Alden R. Carter

STRETCHING OURSELVES

Kids With Cerebral Palsy
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Age Range: 8 - 10
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Another outstanding health-related title by the author of I’m Tougher Than Asthma (not reviewed). Here the author explores the daily routines and challenges of three appealing school-age children with cerebral palsy. Emily, Nic, and Tanner, ach speak with a clear, personal voice. Engaging color photographs and the concise text capture the courage and a positive spirit of each of the children “working hard at simple things.” The book begins with an introduction written by Dr. Rebecca Campbell, who describes the three most common types of CP: spasticity (extreme stiffness of muscles and tendons); choreoathetosis (uncontrolled flinging) and hypotonia (floppiness)—and discusses current research on the causes and management of cerebral palsy. Sources of information are provided, including organizations, Web sites, magazines, and books. Emily has the most common type of CP, stiffness of tendons and muscles. As her father helps her exercise, she growls, “Sassafras!” “Rhubarb!” It hurts to stretch, but Emily says it helps her move better. Other photographs show her with her physical therapist, at play with her sister, and greeting friends at school. Nic spends most of his time in a wheelchair. He is shown practicing simple words with his speech therapist, communicating through his laptop computer, riding the school bus, bowling from his wheelchair, and struggling with his walker. Tanner, the least affected by CP, has a slight limp and weakness in one arm. It doesn't stop him from sharing in class or playing football with his brother. Emily concludes with a message to all kids: “Sometimes people are scared or shy because we move or talk funny. But you don't have to be. We like the same things you like.” An important book for sharing. (Nonfiction. 8-10)

Pub Date: April 1st, 2000
ISBN: 0-8075-7637-9
Page count: 40pp
Publisher: Whitman
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 15th, 2000




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