You know how children can ask questions that sometimes we don’t want them to? Well, Shane Burcaw invites those questions in “Not So Different”, a book where he answers the questions from children about his disability. Frank conversation, humour and good images round out this sensitive topic.
What we are given is a 40 page picture book filled with great images of Shane and his wheelchair.
Chat bubbles show the questions that children ask. Frank and honest questions of children showing their curiousity about the health and well-fare of someone who might look and act a bit different from them.
Great illustrations round out the story, and the text is large enough that if you wanted to read it to a group of children it would be so easy to do. Through it all Shane points out how, even if he does something differently, it doesn’t mean that he has any different feelings or needs from any other person out there. Sometimes it just takes a bit more work.
A good picture book to help elementary kids learn about differently abled people. From how sometimes you need to think outside the box in order to have the life you want. Struggling with wanting to do things and finding ways to accomplish them. Living through hurt and finding what is good. It can’t always be easy opening yourself up to pain and questions, and yet Shane let’s children ask questions and gives them honest answers. A good thing that. 🙂
|Not so Different: What you really want to ask about being disabled.
Matt Carr Illustrator
Softcover, 40 pages, ages 6-9 years.
Disabled, special needs, wheelchair, questions, elementary, picture book
Reviewed for: Raincoast Books.