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Reviewed by Daniel D Staats for Readers' Favorite
Katy has a problem. She is different than most of the other children in her class. Julie Schanke Lyford and Robert A. Schanke explain how Katy is differently-abled in Katy Has Two Grandpas. Katy has a lisp. Kids and adults can be cruel to children who speak differently. Because of this, Katy has faced ridicule from other children because of her difficulty in pronouncing certain words. Even her teacher did not understand. Julie and Robert tenderly tell Katy’s story and her dilemma. Katy’s class will have Grandparents Day, and Katy wants her two grandpas to come. If her grandpas come, she will have to introduce them. If she presents them, the other kids will laugh at how she speaks. Read this story to learn how the challenge is resolved. You will also learn how Katy and her two grandpas are accepted by the children in the class.
In Katy Has Two Grandpas, Julie Schanke Lyford and Robert A. Schanke present the story of Katy. With great compassion for Julie’s daughter and Robert’s granddaughter, they tell her story of fear and being the butt of ridicule. Those of us who have problems speaking plainly totally understand this story. Because of my speech impediment, I remember having fun made of me by both children and adults. However, Katy is courageous and overcomes her fear of speaking to her classmates. Parents can read this book to their children and help them understand that different is not bad nor something to poke fun at. Differently-abled children (I refuse to call them disabled) need love and acceptance like any other child. I almost shouted out in joy at Katy’s victory over her fear. I absolutely love this book and highly recommend it.