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May 4, 2009

Susan is just another girl

Filed under: Uncategorized — by npappas13 @ 8:21 pm

susan_laughsWillis, J. (1999). Susan laughs. New York: Henry Holt and Company.
Genre: Special Needs
Grades: K and 1st

It is very common to have a child or student who is handicapped or disabled. At times it is difficult to find an appropriate, deferential book that addresses special needs kids. If you are having this issue, worry no more! Susan Laughs is a magnificent fictional story about a young, handicapped girl named Susan. Throughout the book Susan is shown doing activities and feeling emotions just like kids without disabilities do. For example, she is shown being loud, creating trouble, swimming, and painting. The moral of this simple picture book is that a handicapped child is a normal child. A very valuable lesson to learn in life is the importance of equality. Children need to be taught that every child is different but no matter what kind of hair color or body type they have, or if they have a disability- no one should ever be treated differently than any other kid. Since this book is an easy read with vibrant pictures, it will be easy for your child to understand the moral of the story. This books make you feel happy and warm, without making you pity handicapped children, which is an apropriate feeling related to these kids. Jeanne Willis does an amazing job at creating an easy read for children to understand but displays one of the most important lessons to learn. Pick up this book to teach your kid a lesson they will never forget!

About the Author

jeanne_willisJeane Willis has not stopped writing since she was 5 years old. She has written countless books, not just picture books. She has authored series, novels, and nonfiction books. Awards she has won include the Children’s Book Award, The Sheffield Children’s Book Award and the Silver Smarties Prize. Other popular books she has written are Who’s in the Loo? and Misery Moo. Information was found at:

About the Illustrator

rossBorn in England, Tony Ross, attended the Liverpool School of Art. He has illustrated for many authors including Ronald Dahl. But he also writes and illustrates his own books. In 1976 he created Goldilocks and the Three Bears. There are many videos featuring his work and also some of his book have been turned into cartoons on television. Information was found at:



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