My Brother is Special: A Cerebral Palsy Story has great potential to help siblings and all children relate to everyday life around special needs children, particularly children with siblings who have cerebral palsy. This book is also mentions epilepsy, as well as behavioral differences. It talks about the differences that children notice with children with learning disabilities and daily medical care as well as behavioral differences. I feel it can help children feel that they may have a sibling with special needs and that they are not alone, other children have siblings with cerebral palsy and special needs also. It also mentions the love they have for their siblings even though they have their differences.
The illustrations in this book will have children very interested in the detailed pictures of the book as the story is read to them, or as they read it themselves.
Great book. I raised two sons, and one with special needs. I think this book would have helped the sibling of my special needs son relate to the character in this book and feel a little less puzzled and a little less alone.
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Written by: Debbie
Ethan is a big brother like no other!
Life with a special need child has its fair share of challenges. These challenges are not only for the parents, but extend to those other wonderful little children, the siblings. This book helps shine some light on the difficulties and the job siblings special needs children experience every day. It is a light-hearted take of one little boy’s thoughts of his big brother Ethan, who was born with Cerebral Palsy.
From Loving Healing Press http://www.lhpress.com/
“As a mother, and advocate for, special needs children, I highly recommend this book as a learning tool for others. I gave my child a voice, as this author is doing for his, and I applaud him for it.”
— Chynna Laird, author of I’m Not Weird, I Have Sensory Processing Disorder and Not Just Spirited
“Engaging and lighthearted, My Brother is Special captures what children with cerebral palsy and their families may experience. The characters are loveable and entertaining. Chidren will enjoy this book and relate to their experiences”
— Jill Osborne, EDS, LPC, CPC, RPTS, author of Sam Feels Better Now
About the author
From an early age, Murray was artistic. His favorite pastime was and still is doodling cute and fun little characters. As Murray entered the working world he utilized his natural creative talent in his graphic design profession. Illustrating being his true love, Murray started looking for freelance illustration work. Murray had no idea that answering a Kijiji ad would help his long time ambitions come to life. A well-known children’s book author and disability advocate, Jewel Kats gave him a shot at illustrating one of her children’s books. That experience gave Murray the courage to pursue other illustration contracts. Murray had an instant connection to Jewel, through the world of physical disability. Murray’s oldest son Ethan had a stroke at birth causing CP and other life altering conditions. With his new found courage and through the help of Victor R. Volkman and Loving Healing Press Murray brings this wonderful story to children everywhere. Murray’s hope is those siblings of children with disabilities will know they too are not alone.
About the illustrator
Claudia Marie Lenart is a fiber artist from northern Illinois. She experimented in the arts and handwork since childhood and while pursuing a career as a journalist. She finally found her true muse when she discovered needle felting. Her soft sculpture characters are created by repeatedly poking wool and other natural fibers, like alpaca, with a barbed needle. Claudia pioneered a distinct style of illustrating books using needle felted wool to create illustrations as well as a variety of other techniques including wet felting and pressed wool painting. Connect on Twitter
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