Saturday, February 9, 2013

Review:How Katie Got a Voice by:Patricia L. Mervine


 About the Book:
The story is told by a fourth grade classmate of Katie.  Everyone in the school has a nickname related to individual interests and personalities. When Katie comes into the classroom, the students are eager to involve her in their activities and to learn what is special about her.  This proves to be quite a challenge.  How can Katie fit in with her classmates when she can't even talk?

"How Katie Got a Voice (and a cool new nickname)" celebrates that which makes us all unique, but also highlights how sometimes a little help is needed to show us how much we are alike.

Read this book in the classroom, in therapy, and at home to open a discussion about acceptance, inclusion, disability etiquette, and overcoming challenges of all kinds. 



About the Author: 
Patricia Mervine is a speech/language pathologist with 20 years' experience in assistive technology. Pat has worked with preschool and school-age children who have significant communication impairments, presented at numerous local and national conferences, and taught graduate and undergraduate classes in augmentative communication. Her website, www.speakingofspeech.com, is a recognized resource worldwide.  


My Review:
If you have ever been or know of a child that is disabled or handicapped in any way. You must know the harsh realities a child must face on a daily or even hourly basis of being different. It is something I would never wish on anyone. This book is based on such a sweet character named Katie that can't do a lot of the things that other children may take for granted. But luckily, for Katie she came to a very accepting school full of children that are willing and able to help her along in any way that she may need.

When Katie first came to Cherry Street School the children there were sure they could come up with a special nickname for her just like they do for everyone else. But its not long before they realize it is going to be alot harder than they first thought. But after some quick thinking by the speech therapist things soon change in Katie's favor. And its not long before the other children realize just how special Katie really is.
Please visit this link for some free resources to go along with the book. Here is a book trailer for you to learn more about the book.

   
**Disclosure** This book was given to me for free for my honest opinion by the author.