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by Jewel Kats

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This book is a great way to talk comfortably with children about people who have disabilities and assistive devices. Although people have mentioned that it is great for preschoolers and really early elementary, I disagree. This book opens doors for older elementary students, too, that may not have had the opportunity to discuss with an adult about how people are different. As a teacher, I see the whole picture of this book and use it every National Disability Week to provide my students with conversations to help them understand all about disabilities and assistive devices. ( )
  sara1022 | Nov 17, 2012 |
What is the best way to help children understand disabilities and the assistive devices that people use to help them with their disabilities? Maggie and her mother are going on a walk, and Maggie asks, “What will I learn about on today’s walk?” Here’s what she finds out. Liz, who sells fresh flowers on the street, is hearing impaired and needs a hearing aid. David, who is a paraplegic, uses a wheelchair. Justin, who teaches a hip-hop dance class, has an artificial leg. Mrs. Ali, who writes poetry, needs a walker. Yan, who paints in the park, can’t speak clearly and has a communication board. Dr. Sharma uses a cane to help him stay balanced. Todd is blind and has a trained guide dog. Katrina, who works as a crossing guard, needs an arm brace to keep the pain away. Maggie herself has an eye problem. What assistive device do you think she uses to strengthen her eyesight?
Parents want their children to be sensitive to people with disabilities. Furthermore, parents of children with disabilities want those children to have hope. Author Jewel Kats, who also wrote Reena’s Bollywood Dream: A Story About Sexual Abuse and Cinderella’s Magical Wheelchair, uses this charming fictional story to teach youngsters that disabilities occur in every culture to people from different backgrounds and that working with a disability is a very real possibility for many people. With the colorful, full-page illustrations by Richa Kinra, kids can satisfy their curiosity about various disability aids and how they work in a non-imposing manor. In addition, the book can be used as a motivational tool for youngsters who have disabilities. At the end, Maggie says, “Now, I can ask grownups about their ‘assistive devices’ all the time.” But when Momma says that not all people are comfortable talking about their disabilities, Maggie decides, “I’ll be respectful like you taught me.” What Do You Use to Help Your Body? is a wonderful resource to introduce preschoolers or young elementary age children to disabilities and accommodations. ( )
  Homeschoolbookreview | Dec 9, 2011 |
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This book is appropriate for preschool and kindergarten children, introducing them to the types of assistive technology used by people with disabilities. It is a pattern book, with simple, repeating language. The illustrations are good at showing a wide variety of people. The practice of setting off the name of the new person with commas on both sides was jarring grammatically and interfered with smooth reading of the book. ( )
  ronincats | Nov 18, 2011 |
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This is a simplistic book would only hold the attention of a very young child. It is poorly edited, with, punctuation, errors. The subtitle does not appear on the cover of the book so the title is simply, "What Do You Use To Help Your Body?" with no mention of disabilities. It begs the question, "To Help My Body Do What?" The answer could be eat right, get plenty of sleep and exercise. The book reads more like a good first draft rather than a finished product. On the positive side, the author clearly has made an effort to be very inclusive of people from different racial and cultural backgrounds and to address the various assistive devices used by people. ( )
  Nako | Nov 14, 2011 |
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Simple, straight-forward text helps Maggie learn about many assistive devices that people use in everyday life to help them live life to the fullest. Each device is named and then a short description follows from a person who uses it.

A nice addition to a library's collection, especially when a teacher, caregiver, or day-care provider asks for books on this very subject ( )
  jackiewark | Nov 3, 2011 |
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