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Petey (edition 2010)

by Ben Mikaelsen

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Title:Petey
Authors:Ben Mikaelsen
Info:Perfection Learning (2010), Hardcover, 280 pages
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Rating:*****
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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 |
Diabilities are a hard thing to understand for anyone, much less children. This book will show children that even with disabilities, all children are the same. This book will help children to know what it feels like for Petey. It will help children be nicer to other children who are not exactly like them. Read aloud book ( )
  Mmarcel2011 | Feb 17, 2013 |
Petey is a touching story about how disabilities were misdiagnosed even in the 1900s. Petey is institutionalized due to his inability to communicate. However, it really just took someone that gives him the time to learn how he is communicating. While most failed to give him a chance, a few people became important in his life. Unfortunately many of them left Petey for a variety of reasons. His long lasting friendship with another patient is finally severed when Petey is moved to a nursing home. A series of events bring a new, young friend into Petey's life who finally gets Petey better living conditions and a renewed outlook on life. Some great things happen when people let Petey into their life, a great lesson to all who read this book. ( )
  ReplayGuy | Apr 23, 2012 |
This is a story about a man named Petey. He is born with cerebral palsy but is misdiagnosed, due to lack of medical knowledge, as a moron. He befriends a worker named Esteban, another named Joe, has a romantic encounter with Sally, befriends a worker named Owen and finds a friend named Calvin. Over the years, he is separated from all of them. But a young boy named Trevor protects Petey from bullies, helps find Calvin and befriends Petey in the final years of his life.

This is a sad story. I used to volunteer at a nursing home and I am all to familiar with the sights and smells so vividly described in this book. It made me sad to think about Petey and the fact that if only he had been born later, he could have gone through therapy. It was an emotional ending as well.

I can think of several classroom applications. We could study cerebral palsy as a science lesson about the body. We also could go visit a nursing home (if these are older kids) and visit with the residents to teach students compassion. They could reflect in their experience in a paper.
  AStall | Nov 21, 2009 |
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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
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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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