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Review: Yellow Bird and Me by Joyce Hansen
Title & Author:Yellow
Bird and Me by Joyce Hansen. Clarion Books, 1986.
Length:155 pages; not
Print size: Larger than
'adult' books but not childish.
Other readability issues: This
story is set in the present time (or at least 1986) in the
Bronx. The plot is straightforward and chronological, though
there are subplots and many characters. It's told in the first
person from the perspective of Doris, a sixth grade girl.
Summary: Doris is a sixth
grader in the Bronx; Yellow Bird is the sixth grader she befriends
through the course of the year despite his reputation as class
clown. She discovers his serious side and his struggles with
reading and his skills in acting.
This book is a good vehicle for discussion of many issues
for LD students. Yellow Bird's experience getting put in the
special ed class "in that room with the big toy clock"
is accurate and poignant; the issues Yellow Bird confronts
are issues LD students face every day.
Typical words: Here are
some typical words from the stories; it would be wise to see
how many of these your students can read before expecting
them to read independently.