UNDERSTANDING DISABILITY : ADDITIONAL SUGGESTIONS

What happened to YOU

Here is a picturebook suggestion which supports our theme of the month ‘understanding disabilities’ and is suitable for the PELT classroom. It is called ‘What happened to YOU?’ and is written by James Catchpole, illustrated by Karen George and published by Faber & Faber (2021). You might have noticed that Karen George is also the illustrator of our picturebook of the month. Image:

This book tells the story of a boy with one leg and addresses how a disabled child might want to be spoken to: “James Catchpole, who had a leg amputated when he was four months old, said that he hoped the book would help readers “walk a mile in Joe’s shoe”. He added: “There’s a real need for books that genuinely reflect a disabled person’s perspective, for both disabled and able-bodied readers. I hope my book can give an insider’s perspective and speak to the experience of being a visibly disabled child. The reality for those children is often that of continually being made to feel different from everyone else, by the question ‘What happened to you?’” (from: https://bit.ly/2S7HOJp%7C)

Have to James read his picturebook, his read-aloud skills are quite a treat. And if you want to include this book in your PELT lesson, have a look at the following lesson plan which focuses on helping children understand how to interact with people with disabilities :