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Extraordinary Friends

by Fred Rogers
Illustrated by Jim Judkis

Published by Putnam, 1999
32 pages
ISBN: 0-399-23146-3

Ages 3 - 7

Three pairs of children, each pair comprised of a child with a disability and a non-disabled friend, realistically model situations that the young friends would typically encounter. Mr. Rogers specifically addresses nondisabled children with reassuring observations: "You might feel afraid when someone does something you don't expect." He also offers advice about how to behave around a person with a disability: "If you feel like trying to help somebody, it's a good idea to ask first. Sometimes people want help, and sometimes they don't." These specifics are balanced nicely with examples of characteristics the friends have in common, such as being curious, wanting to be independent, and sometimes needing help. (Let's Talk about It!) CCBC categories: Understanding Oneself and Others; Contemporary People, Places, and Events.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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