Mandy Sue Day

MANDY SUE DAY

by Roberta Karim
illustrated by Karen Ritz
Clarion Books / Houghton Mifflin


ISBN 0-395-66155-2
ISBN-10: 0618316752
ISBN-13: 978-0618316755



PRINT HISTORY:


Hardcover, Paperback, School & Library Binding, Braille Book, Audio Book

MANDY SUE DAY reprinted as the lead story in RARE FINDS, Harcourt Brace 4th grade anthology, Signatures Series



Today is special: it's Mandy Sue Day!  Free from chores around the farm, Mandy Sue chooses to spend the day with her horse, Ben.  Together they drink in the sounds, tastes, smells, and feel of autumn as they trot through the cool woods and gallop across the plains.  Not until the end of the story does the reader discover that Mandy Sue is blind, but capable of doing anything she sets her mind to.

This elegant prose poem, illustrated with realistic watercolor paintings, tells how a blind girl, using her senses of taste, hearing, touch, and smell, enjoys a special day with her horse, Ben.


Author Roberta Karim grew up in the country with her best friends: her horse Titan and her pony Astro.



AWARDS & RECOMMENDATIONS:


* A Best Children's Book of the Year -- Bank Street College of Education

* Pick of the Lists -- American Bookseller Association

* Select Bibliography of Outstanding Children's Books About the Disability Experience -- American Library Association

* Best Children's Books about Handicaps and Disabilities -- Barancik

* Recommended Inclusive Children's Titles -- Ontario Library Association Super Conference

* Joan K. Blaska Collection of Children's Literature

* Discovery Toys Catalog

* Two articles: National Federation of the Blind Future Reflections magazine

* American Foundation for the Blind

* Easter Seals Disability

* National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped

* Association for Retinopathy of Prematurity and Related Diseases (ROPARD)

* U.S. State Schools for the Blind

* Bibliotherapy Lists

* Online stores for blindness and low vision



QUICK REVIEWS:


SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL:

"Karim's prose beautifully conveys the child's sensations and emotions.  Children will think differently about 'handicaps' such as blindness after reading this story, and teachers wishing to engender discussion about differences should find it a provocative way to begin."


ONTARIO LIBRARY ASSOCIATION SUPER CONFERENCE:

“Your library definitely needs this book.  Beautiful descriptions of experiences, as felt through Mandy’s other senses, reveal that she is blind.  Her independence is wonderful!  The book is a sensational way to naturally introduce children who live with a disability.”


CHILDREN'S BOOK QUARTERLY:

"A light-hearted, warm and beautiful story, capturing sounds and smells, as well as feelings---especially love."


CHILDREN’S LITERATURE:

"What a terrific book!  The parents in this story support their child's desire to live a normal life, even when she has a physical handicap -- in this case, blindness.  And what a wonderful idea, giving children a day that is free of chores and then naming the day on their behalf.”


ALA BOOKLIST:

“There's no ‘poster child’ sentimentality in the story, which follows Mandy Sue during an autumn day on the farm.”


NATIONAL FEDERATION OF THE BLIND:

“A delightful story …  As the author, with many wonderful descriptive phrases, takes the reader through Mandy Sue’s long-awaited special day, the reader soon feels the love of Mandy Sue’s family and the love that Mandy Sue has for her horse, Ben.

Even today, enlightened authors struggle with the portrayal of disabled children in literature.  Some try to be politically correct while others attempt to make a statement.  This author chose to tell a story about a little girl who just happens to be blind.  Highly recommended.”