Curious George Joins the Team by H.A. Rey
Curious George has a playdate at a park designed for children of all abilities, perfect for his new friend, Tina, who uses a wheelchair. While they are playing together, Tina spots some kids playing her favorite game: basketball. George jumps right into the action, but Tina is too shy to ask to join. George suspects Tina is just as good—even better—than the other kids. Can he come up with a way to show the players she's got game and help her overcome her shyness? This story celebrates how kids of all abilities can play together!
I really don't like Curious George. Prior to having Christopher I avoided reading these books. I just cannot handle the chaos George causes. I like things to be orderly and controlled, and Curious George is always messing everything up!
Christopher loves Curious George, so we have read a lot of these books over the past 4-5 years since we started reading books with him. George has grown on me a little, but I still cringe when he wanders off or makes a big mess in one of the books.
I loved this book for two reasons.
1) There is no mess! George isn't really even that naughty in this book. He forgets about his friend for a minute, but that's it. It was such a pleasure to read a Curious George book without it causing me additional stress.
2) Curious George is having a playdate at a new park, which has an all-inclusive playground. He is meeting his friend Tina, who is in a wheelchair. We read this book last week, and it was very timely. Our town playground was just torn down, and they're building an all-inclusive playground. They talked about it a lot at school last week because the designer came to school on Wednesday to have the kids help with the design.
It was purely coincidental that we got this book out of the library. We found it on the new book shelf, and Christopher was drawn to it because it was Curious George. I expected it to be about sports (based on the cover and title), and there is a basketball team in the story. It was so great to be able to discuss all-inclusive playgrounds and wheelchairs with Christopher. I didn't know what his thoughts were about disabilities. I didn't even know that he knew that word, but he'd just learned it last week.
If you're looking for a good book on diversity or disabilities for your kids, I recommend this book. If you're a Curious George lover, then definitely don't miss this one. Or if you just like a good story about friendship and inclusion, check out this book. I really enjoyed it...more than any other Curious George book I've ever read.
My Rating: 4 Stars
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