Sunday, December 04, 2016

A Round Up of Past Reviews with Inclusive Narratives

While we deep dive into the chosen theme each CROCUS, Saffron Tree reviewers have covered a number of books on the subject, over the years. We would like to summarise some of them, for you, here:

Giraffes can't dance, Chuskit goes to school and Little Vinayak are gentle ways to help young minds celebrate differences.

Margrit learns to cope with stares and questions in her own way in My feet are my wheel chair.

Helping Hand  Why are you afraid to hold my hand sensitively bring out how we can be compassionate and get over the discomfort / awkwardness that we may feel around those who are differently able.

In James Patterson's  I funny series  Jamie is just a regular kid with a great sense of humor. And he happens to be in a wheelchair and is an orphan. Peter Nimble is refreshing YA fiction about the adventures of Pete the blind thief.

Duckbill's Hole Books  have 'different' heros- a Vampire boy who dislikes blood and Timmi, who does not fit into the 'good  girl' mold and comes from an atypical family.

Rules is about growing up, acceptance and having a sibling with autism. The Reinvention of Edison Thomas is about a bright autistic boy who has to deal with a best friend turned bully and a rather low social life.

Emmanuel's Dream is an inspiring biographical tale of a boy who cycles cross country, a great achievement in itself and more so since he is lame.

Save me a seat speaks of APD in the context of a regular school story.

A blessing from above  and Elephants never forget subtly make a case for adoption for both the adopter and the adopted.

Jobless, Clueless, Reckless and Daddy come lately , in the YA genre, are more than a nod to the changing family structures we see now in India.

One Green Apple is among many other books on immigrants gingerly trying to fit in while holding on to some of their roots and Wanting Mor is about the conflicted world of an orphan who lives in post war Afghanistan.

Aging is intriguing to children Mr. Putter and his ilk  help the young ones understand seniors- grandparents and other grand ones.

We are all born free is a non fictional book which with the help of pictures helps children understand the need for acceptance and co-existence.

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