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Not So Different: What You Really Want to Ask About Having a Disability Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-04-03 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 0 user ratings
ISBN:1626727716
LANGUAGE:English

" Brilliant! Shane writes his own story in picture book form, using actual pictures of himself. He explains his disability, SMA (Spinal Muscular Atrophy), and writes at the level that children will easily understand. Absolute LOVED this book. " said.

" I adore Shane Burcaw! His positivity and candor get me every time.Laughing At My Nightmare is one of my favorite memoirs, and Not So Different: What You Really Want to Ask About Having a Disability is an excellent companion piece, or an introduction for younger readers. Recommended for students grades 2-7 and for older, struggling readers. " said.

"The aim of Shane's book was to make the uncomfortable topic of disability comfortable for children, and he succeeded that through a realistic snapshot of his daily life and the use of his natural witty, light humor. Shane has such an obvious, contagious zest for life that I believe children will feel when reading this book. We need more literature like this that helps to open up children to new perspectives; to understand and respect differences. I cannot wait to use this as a school counselor and share with my nieces." said.

" Shane Burcaw answers the common questions people might have about him and his wheelchair. Perfect for the younger elementary student, it shows how Shane adapts to compensate for what his body can't or doesn't do. His friends like the same things he does and make accommodations so he can play too. I love the labeled picture that shows all the parts of his wheel chair! " said.

" This is an awesome book, with an apt title. Shane answers questions with humor and honesty, beginning with, "What's wrong with you?" His answer: "Absolutely nothing is wrong with me. I'm just a little different!" Matt Carr's photographs illustrate the story perfectly. After reading Shane's story, I'd love to be his friend! If you've ever had questions about a disability, but were afraid to ask, read this book. " said.

" So, somehow I missed the memo that this was a children's book. I read Shane's other book and occasionally read his blog and while I do remember reading that he was working on a children's book, I somehow thought this was something else. This book is so cute and positive. It could be a great teaching tool for young children. Shane is a great reminder about positivity and living your best life, no matter the circumstances. " said.

" I, like the author, Shane Burcaw, feel that we should never judge a book by its cover. "So when you meet someone who looks different from you, it;s always best to treat them with kindness and respect. After all, that person may end up becoming one of your best friends." Don't be afraid to go up to anyone who is different than you and say hello. A smile is always an awesome thing to share. It doesn't cost a penny and it will brighten another just by sharing. " said.

" What a great, accessible read for children (and adults!) of all ages to learn what it's like to have a disability. I appreciated that each two-page spread addressed a common question people with disabilities are often asked, and the responses were straightforward, honest, and sometimes funny! The afterword is brilliant as well. Grateful for this addition to the nonfiction shelves about disabilities. " said.

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