4 out of 4 stars
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The Mansion by Mary Settle is a children’s fictional short story that tells of a boy that lives in a mansion on a hill and a girl who lives in the valley below. The boy spends his days in a wheelchair, isolated from the world. Opinions and beliefs about him were formed that were not too kind. The girl is “forced” to face her fears and gets to know the boy. Read this story to know what the girl found out about the boy and how her life and others changed from befriending the boy in the wheelchair.
Even though I am not a poetry fan, I really enjoyed the poetic style of this story. The words rhymed fantastically and described the situations wonderfully well. I liked that the story showed the side of being disabled as well as what others do or don’t see in a handicapped person.
I like that the author shared that she has been blessed being born with Cerebral Palsy, and she is active in breaking down stereotypes of people with disabilities. She writes from experience and feelings in a positive way.
I rate The Mansion 4 out of 4 stars. The book is very well edited, and the poems are meaningful, easy to understand and tell a story. The illustrations helped to picture the story and gave an added bonus to the book. If there were any weaknesses to the book, I would have to say that a few of the illustrations could have depicted the boy and girl better. The first picture could have been more descriptive of the wheelchair by the window with the boy of rosy cheeks. All in all, I liked the pictures and thought the illustrator’s strength was in illustrating the mansion and the background scenes.
This book would appeal to teachers, parents, and children of all ages. This is a great book to help children view others as a person and not judge on outer appearances or other’s opinions of someone.
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