Sometimes beauty seemingly comes out of nowhere. This was my experience with the book I've reviewed today. I picked the book up as a I was tidying up the children's room . My attention was caught by the cover illustration--it not only shows a man in a wheelchair, it depicts him as being front and center. I checked the book out and took it home to read--I found it to be a delightful story packaged with lyrical writing and lovely illustrations. Read my review of Seed Magic under Booklist: Books for children that include fictional and\or real characters with disabilities.
The content on this website mostly comes from my perspective as a youth services librarian with disabilities. The further I travel along life's road, the more entwined these two parts of my identity become. Librarian: I have an MLS from Rutgers University and have working in public libraries for nearly 20 years. The focus on my career has always been youth services. Disabled: I've been disabled more than twice as long as I've been a librarian. My experience started at birth when I was immediately diagnosed with cleft palate. Also present was a non-verbal learning disability (NLD) for short. This was not formally diagnosed until I was 19, leading to years of frustration. My Tourette Syndrome was not present at birth, but surely started young as I don't ever remember living without it. The Tourette was also not diagnosed until adulthood, further compounding my frustration. Coincidentally, I was also diagnosed with IBD (more commonly known as Chron's\Ulcerative Colitis) at the age of 19. That was another easy diagnosis--as with cleft palate, they look and they see it.