BOOKS THAT HELP – TALKING ABOUT PHYSICAL DISABILITIES

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WHAT HAPPENED TO YOU? (James Catchpole, Karen George)

What happened to you? Was it a shark? A burglar? A lion? Did it fall off?

A positive and ground-breaking picture book featuring Joe – an imaginative main character who loves to play and who has one leg. What Happened To You? (Faber and Faber, 2021) aims to inform and educate non-disabled children about disabilities by acknowledging the challenges Joe faces… and the questions. One question in particular – what happened to you?

James’ text balances humour and message brilliantly. Karen’s characterful illustrations evoke childhood and the joy of imaginary play. And at the end of the story, the children in the book decide they don’t need to know what happened to Joe’s leg to play with him, and everyone is happy with that.


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