Official Review: Helix by Randal Betz Jr.

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Official Review: Helix by Randal Betz Jr.

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[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Helix" by Randal Betz Jr..]
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4 out of 4 stars
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Helix Gets His Wheels is a children's story about a tortoise who has to join a new classroom and fit in. While that in itself is a challenge, Helix isn't like the other students. He has a disability that could potentially stop him from being a part of the group. However, Helix is surrounded by kind-hearted peers who immediately want him to feel welcome and included.

What I liked about this book, written by Randal Betz Jr., is that the main character has a positive outlook regarding his physical limitations. Helix doesn't say, "I can't", when asked to play at recess. He responds that he may not be able to, but he will try. He is not discouraged by his situation, and because of this, his classmates continue to invite him to participate in new activities. It sends a message to kids that if they project an upbeat attitude, others will respond in kind.

The camaraderie between the other pupils and Helix is refreshing. In most children's books, there is a bully present and an 'us' against 'them' mentality. This situation doesn't exist in the plot, and that is another excellent attribute of this one. Teamwork and banding together to solve a conflict is the theme.

The writing is simple and most suited for pre-school to early elementary grades. I like the idea of reading this to a group of children so that a discussion could follow about how Helix was treated to foster compassion for others.

I only found one small mistake, so it seems that the writing has been thoroughly edited. There isn't anything about this tale that I didn't like.

I am awarding this 4 out of 4 stars. Along with its important message of acceptance and inclusion, the detailed illustrations will capture the attention of young ones. The author has also included still life photography and information about various species of turtles. These were the inspiration for the characters in his story.

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Thanks for the review. This sounds like a great book to teach children acceptance and inclusion and also to inspire children to be the best they can be. I think this would be a great book to read to my grandchildren.

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What a cute idea for a book. I love that Helix doesn't let his limitations stop him. What a message for kids. Thanks for sharing it with us.
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Miller56 wrote:
19 Dec 2019, 10:59
Thanks for the review. This sounds like a great book to teach children acceptance and inclusion and also to inspire children to be the best they can be. I think this would be a great book to read to my grandchildren.
It’s a sweet little book that I think little ones would enjoy. Thanks for reading my review.
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kandscreeley wrote:
19 Dec 2019, 21:26
What a cute idea for a book. I love that Helix doesn't let his limitations stop him. What a message for kids. Thanks for sharing it with us.
Thank you for reading my review :) This one is a good one for little ones.
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How refreshing! A book for kids that doesn’t have a bully. You’re right, so many children’s books have that. I will definitely read this one, and add it to my list of books for my daughter to read. Well done on an excellent review.

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I like that this book doesn’t have a bully. That is a great way to focus on positive behavior. Thanks for your review!

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Such an important message for the little ones! I would love to read this to my nieces. Also, kudos to the author for not including a bully. :wink2: Great review. Thanks!
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The fact that the book passionately advocates for equality moved me.
Thank you for the review.
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This sounds like an uplifting read for kids, especially those with disabilities! Thanks for the engaging review!

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Its good that children learn positivity, inclusion and teamwork at an early age. I like your idea of having the children discuss aspects of the story. Great review!
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What a lovely review! :)
It's nice that the author chose to present characters who work together and have a positive attitude. This message of unity and inclusion is just what we need right now.
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I will love o read this book to y kids and grandkids its a great book no bullying nor fail :oops2: in the book and by the way the ask me to read it to them over and over. :techie-studyingbrown:

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This is a wonderful, informative, and educative read. Helix seems positive towards life despite his condition and I am sure this will be a grand lesson as well. Thanks for the review.
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Another easy to read, straight forward, informative, intelligent review from someone who's opinion I am learning to trust more and more.

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