Michael has a friend - one he is very proud of! He is proud of him because, even though he is in a wheelchair, he doesn't let that limit him. He can race, play, and be a great friend. And Michael believes he is "The Bravest Boy I Ever Knew."
A simple unassuming paperback book with an important message - everyone is capable of so much. Even those who are "different."
Book for Children Ages: 2 years old to 7 years old
- Do you know anyone who is in a wheelchair? Blind? Deaf? Has some other challenge? How should we treat them?
- People all have feelings, even those who are different than us. What do you think someone who was in a wheelchair would feel if someone was mean to them or teased them?
- What are some ways that we can make friends with new people?
Activities for Kids:
- Help teach your children empathy for others by putting themselves in someone else's shoes. For example, use a blindfold and try to find your way around the house, or have them put in ear plugs and then only whisper, or see what they can do without using their legs, or only using one arm. Talk about what it felt like afterward, and some ideas for how they could learn to do things even with a disability on one area.
- If you have someone in your life who has one of these challenges, work together with your child to figure out ways they could still play some favorite games with modifications.
- Visit a veterans hospital and bring cards or sing songs to the vets.
Cultural Diversity: Ironically, while this book was all about diversity and inclusion, it did not represent any racial or ethnic diversity in the book at all.
Children's Book Review Rating: 4 Stars - Beneficial Book*