Item description for Ben, King of the River (Concept Books (Albert Whitman)) by David Gifaldi & Layne Johnson...
Overview Chad experiences a range of emotions when he goes camping with his parents and his five-year-old mentally disabled brother Ben who has many developmental problems.
Citations And Professional Reviews Ben, King of the River (Concept Books (Albert Whitman)) by David Gifaldi & Layne Johnson has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Kirkus Review - Children - 02/15/2001 page 258
Booklist - 03/01/2001 page 1286
School Library Journal - 06/01/2001 page 114
Hornbook Guide to Children - 01/01/2001 page 256
Hornbook Guide to Children - 07/01/2001 page 256
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Studio: Albert Whitman & Company
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.25" Width: 8" Height: 10" Weight: 0.7 lbs.
Binding Library Binding
Release Date Apr 4, 2001
Publisher Albert Whitman & Company
ISBN 0807506354 ISBN13 9780807506356
Availability 0 units.
More About David Gifaldi & Layne Johnson
DAVID GIFALDI is the author of seven books for young readers, including TOBY SCUDDER, KING OF THE SCHOOL, which he based on his experiences as a classroom teacher. Mr. Gifaldi currently teaches fifth grade in Vancouver, Washington and is on the faculty of the MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults program at Vermont College. He and his wife, Marita, live in Portland, Oregon.
David Gifaldi currently resides in Portland, in the state of Oregon.
Reviews - What do customers think about Ben, King of the River (Concept Books (Albert Whitman))?
Useful as a classroom guidance lesson Sep 16, 2003
I am an elementary school counselor, and recently used this book in 5th grade classrooms at my school. We discussed the topics of cooperation, tolerance, and accepting those who are different from us. The book was useful in helping students empathize with the frustrations and emotions of the narrator, and also in seeing the good points of the disabled younger brother. We were then able to move into a discussion of accepting classmates who are "different". Several groups applauded when I finished the book - - not a frequent occurrence with this age group!
we love this book Dec 8, 2001
I have 5 children and one who lies somewhere on the autistic spectrum just like Ben. My two boys are sometimes embarrassed by their brother. When we checked this book out of the library, they wanted to read it again and again because we could relate to so many parts of the story. It gave me a great way to talk to my kids about their feelings and it gave us all a sense of humor about some of the stranger things my son does. I highly recommend this book for anyone searching for a way to discuss a developmentally disabled child with siblings. It is light-hearted and a great story but also very realistic about the issues and emotions involved in having a sibling who is "different".