Submitter: This book is horribly dated, with black and white photographs and illustrations. I don’t think these crafts are particularly accessible for persons with disabilities, either. There are many more current craft books available, as well as numerous web pages with suggestions for adapting crafts to different ability levels.
Holly: This title reminds me of this old post, which is actually one of our most popular posts ever. Craft books with adaptations are a wonderful idea for public libraries, but something written in this decade, let alone this millennium, would be best. Pinterest is a good resource for this type of thing if you can’t find more current books. In fact, Pinterest is probably even better because you can specify the disability.
Long time veterans of this site will of course recognize the ALB mascot author and illustrator just from the cover.
How can you resist the premise? Handicapped kid caught in a burning house. Where were those parents? Who started this mess? Naturally no one answers the interesting questions. Our hero, Daniel was left alone for “just a minute”. All of a sudden a major fire happens and Daniel can’t get out. (You know, cuz he’s handicapped) Thanks to firefighters and brother (and even the dogs!) Daniel lives another day as a hero.
This time we also have a bonus! There are questions for discussion included! (Unfortunately, the questions I want answered are not presented.)
Submitter: We found this *horror* while weeding a school library. Perhaps once upon a time this may have been helpful to a elementary/middle school child, but now it’s just awful. And it’s photographs, so Steven is probably still out there, as well as his sister. Can you imagine a sibling bringing this book home today?
Holly: There are definitely better books on the subject (with more current photographs and terminology) today! The content seems very candid, though, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Kids probably really have these thoughts. I’m with submitter, though – it may have been helpful back in the day but should really be replaced with something more current.