A few months ago, she wanted to read me a story and she chose “Don’t Call Me Special: A First Look At Disability” by Pat Thomas

Title Don’t Call Me Special: A First Look at Disability
Authors Pat Thomas, Lesley Harker
Illustrated by Lesley Harker
Edition illustrated, reprint
Publisher Barron’s, 2002

She was three when I first read this book to her. She saw it in my bag. I’m guessing she took it because it looked like her storybook from the cover.

This delightful picture book explores questions and concerns about physical disabilities in a simple and reassuring way. Younger children can find out about individual disabilities, special equipment that is available to help the disabled, and how people of all ages can deal with disabilities and live happy and full lives. It was written by psychotherapist and counselor Pat Thomas, whose books promote positive interaction among children, parents, and teachers, and encourage kids to ask questions and confront social and emotional questions that sometimes present problems. This book like her other books feature appealing full-color illustrations on every page plus a page of advice to parents and teachers.

My Teaching Moment

After reading this book to her I talked about my work. I sort of used it as an aid to introducing Community Helpers. I wanted her to see and learn many different jobs.

Her Learning Moment

Fast track to recently, she has a different appreciation of the book. After reading the book to me over the phone she said (her favorite line every end of a book), “The lesson of the story is, (that) we are all unique.” Then she said, she likes these lines:

“…When you assume you are just making a guess. Assuming things about people can hurt their feelings and make them feel very left out. Everybody in this world is unique. That means that everyone is different from everyone else.”

And she went talking about the word unique. She even told me that it is the reason we should respect each other. She said this is also a lesson taught in MLP (My Little Pony).

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