Helping Kids with Disabilities Find Their Strengths
Siggy’s Parade: Helping Kids with Disabilities Find Their Strengths
By Blanche R. Dudley, Ed.D.
Illustrated by John Hazard
New Horizon Press
978-0882824697, Paperback, $9.95
48 pages, Full-color illustrated picture book, ages 3-8
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Siggy is a mockingbird with only one wing, but he has learned to march instead of fly and celebrate his unique self. Even though the mean blue jay twins, Vickie and Ickie, tease Siggy for being unable to fly, he’s too busy helping his friends appreciate their own differences to notice. On National “I Like Me!” Day, Siggy stages a parade for all of his friends to celebrate their unique physical challenges, too! He recruits Ruthie the Raccoon, who uses a shiny wheelchair, Bernie, a bear who is taller and skinnier than his brothers, and Penelope Pig, who wears hearing aids in her giant pink ears. With Siggy’s help, they each learn to be proud of themselves for who they are, and they celebrate the group’s diversity. The message in this inspiring tale is one of acceptance and understanding. The useful tips and suggestions at the end of the story can assist teachers and parents in helping children explore ways to embrace their own unique selves.
About the illustrator
John Hazard is a cartoonist and animator whose art has appeared in children’s books and newspapers and on the Nickelodeon network. A graduate of Pratt Institute, John lives in Brooklyn, NY.