JUST KIDS by Ellen B. Senisi

JUST KIDS

Visiting a Class for Children with Special Needs
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Age Range: 8 - 11

KIRKUS REVIEW

 On the school playground, Cindy snaps at Ashley: ``Don't touch me! You've got bugs--you're in the retard class.'' Thankfully, things look up after this harsh beginning, for Cindy is required to spend some time each day in the special-needs class. This photo-essay is warm but unsparing--the world of children with Down syndrome, epilepsy, attention disorders, and autism isn't softened up--and mostly free of jargon. The full- color photographs are of ordinary classroom scenes, as well as speech, physical, and occupational-therapy routines, and by putting a child's face to information about his or her difficulties, Senisi provides readers with the familiarization they need to accept special-needs children and break their isolation. As the teacher explains, ``Labels belong on boxes of raisin bran. Sticking labels on real people with real feelings is a silly thing to do.'' Despite an out-dated, text-heavy design and long paragraphs of explanation, Senisi's book makes the special-needs children real, not worthy of pity, but just their measure of respect. (Picture book. 8-11)

Pub Date: Feb. 1st, 1998
ISBN: 0-525-45646-5
Page count: 40pp
Publisher: Dutton
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 15th, 1997




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