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Petey by Ben Mikaelsen

Petey (edition 2010)

by Ben Mikaelsen

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Authors:Ben Mikaelsen
Info:Perfection Learning (2010), Hardcover, 280 pages
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In 1922, a precious baby boy was born. But he was not perfect. His parents reluctantly surrendered him to an insane asylum, where he was diagnosed as an idiot. Petey, (real name Clyde Cothran), was born with Cerebral Palsy. CP, as you know, does not affect the brain. Petey was totally trapped in a body that could not communicate and he was written off as having no brain function at all.
The books spans 70 plus years and perception of handicapped individuals changed greatly over the years.

This is a must read as it will tear at every emotion in your body, yet leave you with a warm feeling for mankind. This is a true story and the book has won many accolades. Ben Mikaelsen is a wonderful writer you don’t want to miss. If you can get this in audio format it is even better than reading a hard copy as you hear the voices of the patients.

I read the book about 8 years ago and listened to it this year. ( )
  jothebookgirl | Jan 3, 2017 |
The story of a boy born with cerebral palsy in the 1920s, misdiagnosed as an idiot and sent to spend his life in an insane asylum. As the story follows his life, he has Calvin as a best friend, plus others who care for him. Friends disappear, promises are broken and Petey decides not to love anyone again until he meets Trevor, a teenage boy in the 1990s whom he meets when Trevor stops some boys from teasing him.
  Salsabrarian | Feb 2, 2016 |
Petey is a touching story about a boy born in 1920 who is misdiagnosed because of his disabilities. He is unable to move most of his body or communicate clearly. As the story unravels, a people come into Petey's life who see him as more than an idiot (his original diagnosis). They help him communicate and form friendships with him. Unfortunately, Petey is institutionalized from the start and his friendships are lost due to a variety of circumstances unrelated to him. Finally, Petey is moved to a nursing home where he meets a new friend who is young and has his own problems. They form a friendship that helps them both!

This is a great tale, but it's slow. I think it is a great book for helping students understand that there is more to people with disabilities than their disability. ( )
  flackm | Jul 21, 2015 |
I chose to do this book because I am really interested in being a special education teacher and help these children grow and become great human beings. Petey was born with cerebral palsy, who was labeled as an "idiot." I would use this in a classroom to address that bullying is not okay and teach children to be accepting and nice to children that may appear different with physical appearance. I love this book and would recommend it to everyone. ( )
  AliciaFine | Jun 4, 2014 |
In 1922 Petey, who has cerebral palsy, is misdiagnosed as an idiot and institutionalized; sixty years later, still in the institution, he befriends a boy and shares with him the joy of life. ( )
  akdays | Aug 9, 2013 |
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They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength. They shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint. -Isaiah 40:31
Dedicated with love to Clyde Cothern, who became my own "Grandpa Petey." His life was the inspiration for this book.
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This book is sad but it is still good at the same time. Petey has had a lot of friends and they all end up leaving... except for 1. His name is trevor and when he comes he is not just peteys friend... but he is his NEW grandson! And the rest... you will have to read and find out. Post your notes on here so others can see what you think about the book
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In 1922 Petey, who has cerebral palsy, is misdiagnosed as an idiot and institutionalized; sixty years later, still in the institution, he befriends a boy and shares with him the joy of life.

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