BOOK FOR YOUNG PEOPLE
WITH DISABILITIES from the International Board on Books for Young
CHILDREN'S BOOK CENTER
CHOICE FOR 1999
BOOK OF THE
from the Bank Street College of Education
Selected for EXCEPTIONAL
Selected for the
List from the Illinois Resource Center
Kennedy Krieger Institute, Baltimore
says she's 'one
tough cookie.' And he's right: you've got to be when a brain tumor robs
you of much of your sight. Get to know Amanda and meet some of her
young friends who have lost their sight or have never seen at all--or
least not in the way most of us imagine seeing.
by a visually impaired child. In a matter-of-fact manner, second-grader
Amanda explains how she deals with her sight loss in her daily life.
full-color photographs on each page show the girl and others using
tools and aids (Braille, magnifiers, guide dogs, etc.) to help them
work, maneuver safely, and communicate. Amanda describes how she and
enjoy social activities, learn new things, and work productively,
readers realize that impairments do not make a person think or feel
The text evokes compassion and empathy by presenting real people living
normally despite their impairments."
author of Big
Dustin (1997) offers another title about children with special
needs. Amanda is vision impaired, the result of a tumor. Although she
see, her sight is blurry and it may worsen with time.... Carol Carter's
color photographs portray Amanda as a cheerful, involved seven-year-old
who takes her limitation very much in stride. Several photos are
blurred to demonstrate what Amanda sees. A good choice for classes with
visually impaired members, this should also be helpful in explaining
and dispelling prejudices." --Booklist
written and sensitive
non-fiction book... Seeing Things My Way is a wonderful
necessary addition to any library." --Southeastern Pennsylvania
School Library Book Reviewers
students need to
hear this message." --Arlington Independent School District,
book that every
library should have."
--Lower Columbia Media Association
--Ft. Worth I. S. D.
Regional Library Cooperative
insight into what
it is like to be vision-impaired."
--Monterey Peninsula Unified
evidence of self-pity,
but an attitude of courage and strength, of being able to accomplish
all of the same things in life that sighted people can. There is
I don't like about this book!...None of us stands alone and tomorrow we
might be that person who needs assistance and understanding, not made
of, pitied, or ridiculed, but accepted as a valuable, unique person.
Stokes, Bering Strait School District, Alaska
representation of inclusive
--Lincoln Public Schools, Lincoln, Nebraska
book to help other
children understand what it is like not to have good vision."
Public Schools, Tacoma, Washington
book for the healthy
as well as the handicapped child." --Christian Schools International
impaired child heartwarmingly
tells this story of how she deals with the loss of her sight every day.
Full color photos show Amanda in action. The text presents real people
living normally despite impairments in a compassionate and empathetic
County Elementary Media Association, West Orange, New Jersey
-- Delaware Valley Elementary School
that Amanda will
do fine, whatever happens."
--Vidette Times, Vidette, Indiana
schools can do for
vision impaired students to have a fun and full life.
-- Sanger, California, Unified School
leads a very happy, normal, giggly-little-girl life. This is a
and engaging way to introduce handicaps and limitations; color
really allow the reader to connect with
Amanda and her
story." -- Infotech, Board of Education, Public Schools
of North Carolina
the very best of its type."
Worth Christian School Book Review Group
Seeing Things My Way
end of its normal publishing life
in the summer of 2004. The Author hopes to
see it returned to print eventually through a specialty
publisher or a group concerned with vision disabilities
greatly appreciate suggestions from readers. Contact
Whitman Inc. $14.95.
Available from the author.