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Reviewed by Astrid Iustulin for Readers' Favorite
When children's books address topics that are usually difficult to explain to little ones, they offer tremendous value to all of us. This is why I suggest you read Meeting Exceptional Friends by Lindsey Larsen. In this illustrated children's book, the author invites us to make acquaintance with children with physical and mental disabilities. We are at the playground with Charlotte and her sister Madelyn, a little girl who wears earmuffs because loud noises bother her. We will also meet other remarkable children, including a little girl born without a hand and a boy who cannot speak but has a wheelchair with light-up wheels. Do you want to ask them a question about their medical conditions or disabilities?
Meeting Exceptional Friends encourages children to be sensitive when asking questions about the conditions of the people they meet so that they can learn to relate to them. Lindsey Larsen had an excellent idea when setting her story in a fun and cheerful place like the playground because it is in places like these that it is easier to interact with others. I think it is sometimes difficult for adults to talk to our children about disabilities, but there are things children need to know to treat others with the respect they deserve. I am sure that this tale will make it possible, so I highly recommend this wonderful book to parents and educators who want to address this issue and have no idea how to do it.