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You're So Amazing

by James Catchpole

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When people meet Joe, they often treat him as Amazing Joe or Poor Joe. But can't he just be . . . Joe? One-legged Joe is 'amazing'. He knows this because wherever he goes people always tell him he's amazing. Amazing for sliding down the slide, for kicking a ball . . . even walking to get an ice cream, or even just eating an ice cream. Of course, being Amazing Joe is better than being Poor Joe . . . A groundbreaking picture book which explores how we respond to disability.… (more)
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Joe is tired of being called amazing for doing ordinary things, so he decides to make himself invisible so people will notice how amazing his friend Simone is. But then, a dad pities him for sitting and watching, so he has to get up and run and jump. But then, he starts knocking a ball around, and takes a few shots against his frien Yuto's big brother, Yui. And a few of them go in - amazing! "And that's how it was with people Joe knew....With them, Joe wasn't Amazing Joe, and he wasn't Poor Joe. He was just Joe."

Back matter includes a "Dear Adult" letter from James and Lucy Catchpole, asking for disability to be treated as normal, not a reason for inspiration or pity. ( )
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When people meet Joe, they often treat him as Amazing Joe or Poor Joe. But can't he just be . . . Joe? One-legged Joe is 'amazing'. He knows this because wherever he goes people always tell him he's amazing. Amazing for sliding down the slide, for kicking a ball . . . even walking to get an ice cream, or even just eating an ice cream. Of course, being Amazing Joe is better than being Poor Joe . . . A groundbreaking picture book which explores how we respond to disability.

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