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Special People, Special Ways [Hardcover]

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Pages   32
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.25" Width: 9.75" Height: 8.75"
Weight:   0.9 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Jun 1, 2000
Publisher   Future Horizons
Age  4-8
ISBN  1885477651  
EAN  9781885477651  

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Winner of an iParenting Media Award

Winner of a 2009 Preferred Choice Award by Creative Child Magazine
"Share a joke or a dream. Make someone feel good. We need laughter, hugs, and to be understood. . . . Though we seem different, inside we're the same. Our hearts are for caring, no matter our name."
Arlene Maguire's delightful rhymes combine with Sheila Bailey's rich watercolor illustrations to take the reader on a journey of discovery. Each page portrays positive images of children with various disabilities. Winner of an iParenting Media Award, this book illustrates that beyond our physical limitations is a world of unique gifts for each of us to share. Teachers and parents love to read this book aloud to promote understanding and tolerance at school and at home. The detailed artwork attracts children of all ages.

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Arlene Maguire has been writing for children for over three decades. Her books reflect her commitment to relating the importance of self-worth in young people. With a degree from Rutgers University, Arlene taught elementary school for nearly twenty years. She is a native of New Jersey and resides in San Diego, California.
Sheila Bailey's career started with Hallmark Greeting Cards. Her illustrating talent evolved rapidly into a successful freelance career. She has illustrated over 22 children's books. Sheila lives with her husband in Lake Oswego, Oregon.

Arlene Maguire currently resides in San Diego, in the state of California.

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Special People Special Ways  Sep 16, 2008
Author has a good understanding of people with special needs. She makes it easy for children to understand and enjoy the book.
Susan Feintuch Stuermer
A Poor Choice For Helping Children Understand Disability  Apr 20, 2008
Not a good book. I requested Special People, Special Ways from the library after finding it at this My wife (who has a physical disability) and I looked over it, and quickly determined that we would not be reading it to our kids. Outdated descriptors and an emphasis on differences make this a poor choice when trying to help children understand disability and diversity. One obvious example is the use of the word "special"- often in reference to people with disabilities this term has become synonymous with "segregated" and is considered offensive to many. Also, are phrases like "struggle with pain", "it's hard to get through the day", and "hurts that we feel are not easy to mend". It's all just a little overdone - as if people with disabilities are some kind of aliens from another planet that have suddenly invaded our world! I'm sure the author meant well, but it just comes across wrong.

I would recommend Disability is Natural by Kathie Snow; this author has a website by the same name and offers free articles to print out - especially check out the four-page article "People First Language". A better alternative to Special People, Special Ways is A Rainbow of Friends by P.K. Hallinan or Don't Call me Special by Pat Thomas.
Super book  Apr 22, 2002
... [Another reviewer] assumed that only commonalities link people and they couldn't be more wrong about the author's intent. I happen to know the author and she is all about acceptance with or without commonalities. This book was written for little children. To help children understand, sometimes a common theme is needed in order to get the point across. However, Mrs. Maguire is about accepting people NO MATTER WHO THEY ARE AND NO MATTER WHAT IT IS THAT IS DIFFERENT ABOUT THEM. This book is about kindness and seeing that just because we see people as different than we are, we are all unique and special individuals making up this planet. I'm sorry [another reviewer] did not see the reality of this book in the way it was intended.
Disappointing resource for helping kids learn acceptance.  Jul 3, 2001
I bought this book after reading several positive reviews on it. However, I was very disappointed with it. The author attempted to make the book culturally diverse and inclusively based, but I did not find her method effective. I did not like the premise of the book that in order to be acceptable to others, there have to be commonalities. Differences as well as similarities should be embraced to better understand the individual. Stereotypes and finding similarities are not necessary in describing or understanding individuals.
Excellent for ALL children!  May 3, 2000
This book has beautiful words and illustrations that are important for all children to hear. It sends the message that all kids are unique and special in their own way. I purchased this for my children so that they could see how disabilities affect people, but do not make them "different." This book teaches children in a fun way, with wonderful illustrations and truly thoughtful, rhyming text! I highly recommend this to all parents and children.

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