Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Jake's New Friend

Jake’s New Friend, written by prolific author Crystal Bowman, is part of the Zonderkidz I Can Read! series of books. The story deals with the issue of disabilities.

Jake goes to the park with his family (his mom, dad, and sister). While there, they meet another family with two children, a boy and a girl. The boy is in a wheelchair. Jake’s sister runs off to play with the other girl. When Jake’s father suggests he play with Tom, the boy in the wheelchair, Jake doesn’t want to. Jake knows Tom can’t run or walk so Jake’s sure it wouldn’t be any fun to play with Tom.

His father says, “God gave you strong legs. You can walk and run fast. You can even climb trees. But Tom can do other things. Ask him what he likes to do.” Jake agrees to do so.

When Jake approaches Tom, Tom is making a plane with building blocks. Jake asks, “Can I help?” Tom lets him and the two build planes. Then they have a race with Jake on foot and Tom in his wheelchair. Jake finds out that Tom can do a lot of things, even if he is in a wheelchair.

The cartoon-like illustrations, by Karen Maizel, are vivid, colorful and full of detail. They are sure to delight your child.

What I Like: I like this easy-to-read version of a story about kids learning that kids with disabilities can do lots of things, lots of positive things.

What I Dislike: Nothing.

Overall Rating: Excellent.

Age Appeal: 4-8.

Publisher Info: Zonderkidz, 2008; ISBN: 0310716780; Paperback, $3.99.

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Special Info: According to the publisher, this book is a Level 2 reader, which are “high-interest stories for developing readers.”

Visit the author’s website. Read a blurb about the illustrator at the Zondervan website. Read our reviews of other books in the Zonderkidz I Can Read! series.

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