Before I get to today’s review, TIME FOR A RENN UPDATE!
I have 6 more days to make 150! I also have to take a test today on The Giver by Lois Lowry. It’s worth 7 points if I get the questions all right. To answer some questions about AR and the books I am reading – you can see a list of the books I read this month on my “Books I Read This Year” page (click HERE to go THERE). Not all of the books on my list have AR tests (self-published books and books just released don’t have them) but most of the ones I read in October do. The books I read have a point value from 0.5-19 points. I am currently reading Loamhedge by Brian Jacques. It is worth 19 points (if I get all the questions right ).
Susanna Leonard Hill has a feature on her blog called Perfect Picture Book Friday. It is a list of “perfect” picture books recommended by all sorts of people. I chose this book because it takes a well-known fairy-tale but had a disabled main character. I think it’s a great idea to show people with different abilities as characters.
Cinderella’s Magical Wheelchair
by Jewel Kats
20 pages – ages 6+
Published by Loving Healing Press on August 15, 2011
Theme/Topic – Fairy-tale retelling / special needs
Genre - Fractured Fairytale
Opening and Synopsis –
“In a kingdom far away lives Cinderella. One summer evening , she’s called while perfuming stepmother’s gym socks. Cinderella wheels into the kitchen super quick. Everyone is seated around the oak dinner table.
“Hurry up slowpoke!” Stepmother snaps. She drums her fingers. “I have important news to share.”
While Cinderella is doing all the chores around the house, her Stepmother and Stepsisters are getting ready for the ball. Cinderella works even harder making an outfit for herself but when the night of the ball comes her Stepmother and Stepsisters are never going to let her go. They wreck Cinderella’s pretty gown and ruin her wheelchair. As Cinderella cries,
her Fairy Godmother a student fairy godmother from Enchanted University appears and they get to work getting Cinderella to that ball!
Why I liked this book – I really like that this book re-tells the Cinderella story but with a modern twist and Cinderella happens to be in a wheelchair. I like how this book takes place in modern times and uses more modern language in the text. It makes is fun to read. I think this book will be great for all kids, not just disabled, to read about. I think it will make being in a wheelchair seem not so different to kids who aren’t. I love that in the story not only does Cinderella marry the prince, but she opens up her own jewelry store and is a successful business person. I really like the happy ending. It made me smile. I think this book should be in every house and classroom.
Activities and Resources -
I found a great resource for teachers at the Virginia Commonwealth University website. It is a packet full of activities for teachers. It is called “Understanding Kids Who are Different: Activities for Teaching About Disabilities” and you can click HERE to get it.
At the Coloring Pages Fun website, I found coloring pages that have kids with disabilities doing everyday things. It would be nice to mix these coloring pages in with the others you have at home / school. Click HERE to get them.
To find more Perfect Picture Books please visit Susanna Hill’s blog HERE!