FINDING A WAY: Living with Exceptional Brothers and Sisters by Maxine B. Rosenberg

FINDING A WAY: Living with Exceptional Brothers and Sisters

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Three children share the feelings and experiences of growing up with a sibling who has a disabling condition--a circumstance, we're told, that is shared by more than 10% of all US children. The children describe their anger and jealousy at the special attention their siblings require and receive; they express their fear that disabilities may be ""catching"" and guilt that they are in some way responsible for their siblings' conditions. Throughout, they also express love and acceptance, plus willingness to assume added responsibilities. Each of the families described includes two loving, supportive parents. Only one of the children has a visible handicap: Nathan walks with a brace. Neil has diabetes; B.J. suffers from asthma. None of them is mentally impaired. While this is a somewhat idealized view of coping with the presence of a special child in the family, the candid expression of feelings and appealing photos give it value for developing sensitivity and understanding in readers.

Pub Date: Oct. 19th, 1988
Page count: 48pp
Publisher: Lothrop, Lee & Shepard