Item description for What's Wrong with Timmy? by Maria Shriver & Sandra Speidel...
Overview The Emmy Award-winning NBC News journalist recalls her moving relationship with a handicapped boy she met in the park one day in an inspirational portrait of what it means bo be disabled. 500,000 first printing.
Publishers Description What is the response when a child points out that a disabled child or adult looks 'different'? Shriver tells the story of Kate, who finds that making friends with a mentally retarded boy helps her learn that the two of them have a lot in common.
Citations And Professional Reviews What's Wrong with Timmy? by Maria Shriver & Sandra Speidel has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Hornbook Guide to Children - 01/01/2002 page 59
Publishers Weekly - 10/01/2001 page 62
Booklist - 10/01/2001 page 326
School Library Journal - 01/01/2002 page 110
Hornbook Guide to Children - 07/01/2001 page 59
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Studio: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.37" Width: 7.75" Height: 7.75" Weight: 0.6 lbs.
Release Date Oct 16, 2001
Publisher Little, Brown Young Readers
ISBN 0316233374 ISBN13 9780316233378
Availability 0 units.
More About Maria Shriver & Sandra Speidel
Maria Shriver is an award-winning journalist, and the author of five bestselling books, And One More Thing Before You Go, What's Heaven?, Ten Things I Wish I'd Known--Before I Went Out into the Real World, What's Wrong with Timmy?, and What's Happening to Grandpa?. She and her husband live in California with their four children, Katherine, Christina, Patrick, and Christopher.
Maria Shriver currently resides in Santa Monica, in the state of California.
Reviews - What do customers think about What's Wrong with Timmy??
Great book for church library Dec 28, 2004
I am a Lutheran Church librarian in Florida who bought this book for our church library. It stresses that though we may have different traits and characteristics we are all worthy of love, respect and human dignity. It discusses a mentally-challenged little boy and how he can be a good playmate even though he is a little slow. So what? He is still a persdon worthy of dignity and acceptance. This book stresses kindness on a personal level and a live-and-let-live attitude. This is a vital life lesson for our children to learn early on, and is a great conversation starter. This book will help cut down on bullying, marginalization and dehumanization of the mentally and physically challenged among us. After all, who among us does not have some sort of shortcoming? Children need to know that perfection is an impossibility and so they should expect people to do the best job they can but not expect perfection in themselves or others. The illustrations appear to be done in pastels and are very attractive. Great Job, Maria! Keep them coming!
What's Wrong With Timmy? Oct 21, 2004
Just as with What's Heaven, this story has Kate as well. I think every parent that has a child with special needs would hope that friendship and acceptance would come as quickly to them as it does to Timmy in What's Wrong With Timmy?
The story begins with Kate and her mother at the park. Kate is always so full of questions and wonders why the boy she observes playing basketball seems different. Kate learns his name is Timmy from her Mom who happened to be friends with his Mother before they moved away when both kids were babies. When Kate asked her Mother about Timmy her Mother proceeded to speak in the same way as when she has something important to say.
It turns out that Timmy is a child with special needs. He talks slower, cannot walk or run as fast as Kate but he wants the same things as other children do. Kate kept asking her Mother more questions indicating that she was scared of Timmy because of his differences. Her Mother explained that when we first come in contact with someone different we may feel uncomfortable and that is okay. She than relays in detail about a friend of hers when she was in school who had a sister that was in a wheelchair. To this day Kate's Mother cannot recall if she ever said hello to Rosie the first time she met her when playing with Tina. Kate says that back in those days people were in institutions or just stayed in their homes.
I am not sure how many typical developing children are as inquisitive as Kate, but find all her questions and feelings quite fascinating. As a parent to two special needs children it is hard to know how other children view those who have disabilities and are different.
This is certainly a story that can be read to children before they enter the school system and learn about all types of children they will encounter. We should be encouraging all children not to fear another child because they are different but to seek out the similarities within
What's wrong with the author? Mar 22, 2004
This book is a real nightmare for children with disabilities. Maria Shriver does attempt to impart the message that nothing is wrong at all- unfortunately, she's already planted the seed in the young minds of her readers with the mere title of the book. She then spends an exhaustive twenty pages trying to be sure she'd convinced them of it. I'd recommend "Russ and the Almost Perfect Day" by Janet Elizabeth Rickert instead.
TOO RELIGIOUS. Feb 29, 2004
The publisher should mention the heavily religious tone of this book ... I got this for my sons' school because it sounded good and valuable, but many schools do not accept children's books that mention God in them over and over again.
Sincere Effort -- Many Positive Points Feb 8, 2004
I was very curious to read this title from Maria Shriver knowing her family background with people with special needs.
My brother has Down's Syndrome, so I know what it is to be on the receiving end of other children looking at my brother and wondering (sometimes outloud and sometimes in facial expression, stares and body language) wondering "What's wrong with him?" Recently one little girl asked my daughter, "Why is your uncle so freaky?"
These are truths: that people "in the world" don't always use politically correct terms... not by a long shot... and as fellow citizens we can educate those who have not yet learned some of the simple truths this book teaches.
One warning (to those who do not share this view) the book takes a very spiritual stance in its explanations.
Another shortcoming is overcome very simply. Each page has quite a bit of text and I thought, "This is way too much on a page to teach the very littlest children who really need the lessons the most" and then I saw the bolded, larger words on each page could be the only words read. Those words would be enough for the littlest ones to understand the message of the book.
It would be tough to write a perfect book on this subject that pleases everyone.
This book makes a sincere effort and will be helpful for many who read it.