Tuesday, 4 July 2017

My brother is special: A cerebral palsy story

My Brother Is Special: A Cerebral Palsy Story by Murray Stenton

Ethan is a big brother like no other!

Life with a special need child has its fair share of challenges. These challenges are not only for the parents, but extend to those other wonderful little children, the siblings. This book helps shine some light on the difficulties and the job siblings special needs children experience every day. It is a light-hearted take of one little boy's thoughts of his big brother Ethan, who was born with Cerebral Palsy.

Hi Everyone

I am pleased I have been a part of this blog tour, I have got to read and experience two fantastic books that are both outside the normal childrens books I find allocated to our bookstores shelves.  I am drawn to this book because of the honesty within the words. 

It is a story of two boys... I know it is meant to highlight and give understanding of Cerebral Palsy but I think it does by far more than just that.  While I was reading this awesome little picture book, I could see some of the daily difficulties of this condition, but I could also see the highs and lows of being the older brother.  The illustrations managed to grab the intensity of some of the emotions and I give praise for this ability.  I particularly liked that the inclusion of honest facts such as he get angry and fights with is little brother and is sometimes "mad at the silly things he does when he acts strange and silly".  This, for me, gave the book 'truth' and some fantastic talking points for young children as it is read aloud to them. 

So in conclusion, this book is a fantastic resource for home, day care centres, kindergartens, preschools, and schools.  It has a potential to speak for those with Cerebral Palsy, and the brothers and sisters that have to live along side Cerebral Palsy.  It shows the love for a sibling; the differences between siblings; and the frustrations, that in all honesty every sibling has for their bothers and sisters.

Happy reading

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From Loving Healing Press http://www.lhpress.com/

"As a mother, and advocate for, special needs children, I highly recommend this book as a learning tool for others. I gave my child a voice, as this author is doing for his, and I applaud him for it." -- Chynna Laird, author of I'm Not Weird, I Have Sensory Processing Disorder and Not Just Spirited

"Engaging and lighthearted, My Brother is Special captures what children with cerebral palsy and their families may experience. The characters are loveable and entertaining. Chidren will enjoy this book and relate to their experiences" -- Jill Osborne, EDS, LPC, CPC, RPTS, author of Sam Feels Better Now

About the author
From an early age, Murray was artistic. His favorite pastime was and still is doodling cute and fun little characters. As Murray entered the working world he utilized his natural creative talent in his graphic design profession. Illustrating being his true love, Murray started looking for freelance illustration work. Murray had no idea that answering a Kijiji ad would help his long time ambitions come to life. A well-known children’s book author and disability advocate, Jewel Kats gave him a shot at illustrating one of her children’s books. That experience gave Murray the courage to pursue other illustration contracts. Murray had an instant connection to Jewel, through the world of physical disability. Murray’s oldest son Ethan had a stroke at birth causing CP and other life altering conditions. With his new found courage and through the help of Victor R. Volkman and Loving Healing Press Murray brings this wonderful story to children everywhere. Murray’s hope is those siblings of children with disabilities will know they too are not alone.

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About the illustrator
Claudia Marie Lenart is a fiber artist from northern Illinois. She experimented in the arts and handwork since childhood and while pursuing a career as a journalist. She finally found her true muse when she discovered needle felting. Her soft sculpture characters are created by repeatedly poking wool and other natural fibers, like alpaca, with a barbed needle. Claudia pioneered a distinct style of illustrating books using needle felted wool to create illustrations as well as a variety of other techniques including wet felting and pressed wool painting.  Connect on Twitter

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1 comment:

  1. I'm so pleased you found this book could be so beneficial, thank you so much for sharing your review today xx