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What's wrong with Timmy? by Maria Shriver

What's wrong with Timmy? (edition 2001)

by Maria Shriver, Sandra Speidel (Illustrator)

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Title:What's wrong with Timmy?
Authors:Maria Shriver
Other authors:Sandra Speidel (Illustrator)
Info:Boston : Little, Brown, 2001.
Collections:Your library
Tags:Family, Fiction, Disabilities, Friendship

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What's Wrong with Timmy? by Maria Shriver



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This is a simple book about a girl named Kate who has questions about a boy named Timmy. She doesn't understand why he acts differently and looks differently, so she asks her mom all sorts of questions. Her mother explains that Timmy is different, but that he is also a lot alike Kate. They play basketball together and Kate realizes that Timmy is fun to be around. There is mentions of God in this book, talking about God making everyone special in their own way. It's an okay book that has a good message, but some of the language used is a little iffy, and I don't like the emphasis they put on Kate being "scared" of Timmy. ( )
  Heather19 | Apr 23, 2017 |
Kate meets Timmy, who has an intellectual disability. At first, she doesn't understand and is scared and her mom tries to explain how Timmy is different. Kate plays basketball and includes Timmy with her group of friends. She begins to realize Timmy just wants to have friends, like everyone else. This story took a religious approach to explain Timmy's disability along with very outdated language to describe his disability. For these reasons alone, I wouldn't share this book in a classroom. I think the overall theme was the importance of communication with kids about differences, but just wasn't the best explanation of these differences. I do like that Kate's mother was open to all questions though, so I believe this was actually more effective to teach adults that being open and honest is the best way to answer questions. ( )
  NoelAbadie | Mar 17, 2016 |
This book shows the natural curiosity that kids have when they come across an individual with a disability. Sometimes, a difference may be obvious. In this book, Timmy's difference is and Kate talks to her mom about it. I feel that Shriver did a good job allowing the mother to calmly explain and go over how differences make us who we are. Then, Kate gets to know Timmy and creates a bond with him. I like how this book creates a positive outlook on how there are differences and similarities with all of us, but we are all people that deserve respect. Kate learns that Timmy may need help with certain things, but he can do and appreciate a lot of the same things she does, like how he loves his family. The big picture of this book is acceptance. ( )
  ajfurman | Dec 3, 2014 |
I liked this book, because it did discuss how many children feel about children who have a disability. In the book, a little girl sees a boy who has a disability and is at first scared. She realizes they are different, but after talking to Timmy and playing with him, she sees that they are more alike than not. She accepts him, and wants others to too. She talks about her concerns with her mother also. I think this is an excellent book to introduce children to the idea of accepting everyone and treating everyone the same.
  rpazmino-calligan | Nov 30, 2014 |
An age appropriate explanation of the effects down syndrome has.
  cabram90 | Jun 24, 2014 |
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For my children, Katherine, Christina, Patrick, and Christopher. May you always reach out to the children who are different from you with love, compassion, and kindness. To my husband, Arnold, who shares his life and talents with those with disabilities. Thank you for caring. To my parents, Eunice and Sargent Shriver, two extraordinary individuals who have dedicated their lives to helping those with disabilities. I have seen you change the world through your determination and love. What a difference you have made to the millions of people with developmental disabilities. And, finally, to every parent of a child with special needs, may we all build new dreams together.
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When 8-year-old Kate meets a boy who seems somehow different, she feels funny inside. After talking with her mom, though, Kate begins to understand that Timmy is just like her in many ways. Timmy has special needs; he takes longer to learn than Kate, and can't walk or run as well. But he also "loves his family, he wants friends, he goes to school, and he dreams about what he wants to be when he grows up." Kate and Timmy meet, and the seeds of a friendship are planted.

For all those children who ask their parents why someone looks or acts "different," author and journalist Maria Shriver's What's Wrong with Timmy? provides a base for discussion. Kate's mother models appropriate behavior, speaking to her daughter calmly and directly, and providing examples from her own life to help Kate understand about Timmy. Illustrator Sandra Speidel's soft, intentionally hazy pastels are lovely; bold, enlarged phrases on the opposite pages of text act as captions. Shriver and Speidel collaborated previously on the tremendously popular What's Heaven?, also starring Kate and her mother. (Ages 4 to 8) --Emilie Coulter

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Haciendo buenas migas con un nišno con retraso mental ayuda a Kate saber que los dos tienen mucho en com‚un.

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