I feel like we’ve featured a lot of books by Joy Berry on this site over the years, and we should give her a category, like we did with Doris Sandford. Actually, I think Joy Berry’s books are pretty good and simply a victim of time. This one is no exception.
The illustrations are cute, the characters are culturally diverse, and the question-and-answer format is helpful.
What I think is weird about this book is that there is a bored-looking kid on every page! There they are, head in hands, rolling eyes, barely interested in what’s going on.
I’m a little surprised to see a Polio example in a book from 1990, actually. Most kids in 1990 (who are now in their 30’s if they were already kids in 1990, by the way…) would only know about Polio from a history lesson or a parent/grandparent’s experience.
Lastly, I don’t think the word “cripple” belongs in any children’s book. Clearly it is being used derogatorily here, but the child who said it was not corrected. The text is about ignorance, but it doesn’t point out specific words and phrases that should be used.