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Note: All call numbers are for the Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, Indiana
J362.4 Wolf, Bernard Don't Feel Sorry for Paul
Photographs and simple text capture two weeks in the life of a handicapped boy learning to live successfully in a world made for people without handicaps.
J617.57 HEELA Heelan, Jamee Riggio The Making of My Special Hand: Madison's Story
A child who was born with one hand tells the story of how people at the hospital made a helper hand for her, how the new hand operates, how it feels, and how she can use it.
J636.753 HEYMA Heyman, Anita Gretchen: The Bicycle Dog
True story of a dachsund who adjusts to a serious handicap. After an unfortunate jump Gretchen loses the function of her hind legs. Eventually her loving family fits her with a bicycle-like contraption that greatly improves her mobility and enables her to live a happy, active life.
JB B3183B Barasch, Lynn Knockin' on Wood
Presents a picture book biography of Clayton "Peg Leg" Bates, an African-American who lost his leg in a factory accident at the age of twelve and went on to become a world-famous dancer.
JE Caseley, Judith Harry and Willy and Carrothead
Three boys overcome prejudicial ideas about appearances and become friends.
JE Mills, Joyce C. Little Tree: A Story for Children with Serious Medical Problems
Although she is saddened that the storm damage has caused her to lose some of her branches, Little Tree draws strength and happiness from the knowledge that she still has a strong trunk, deep roots, and a beautiful heart.
JE NORTH North, Sharon Rae My Brand New Leg
A little girl with an artificial leg shows her friend all the things she can do despite her disability.
JE PHILI Philipson, Sandra J. Annie Loses Her Leg but Finds Her Way
A poignant and funny story of a nine year old English Springer Spaniel who loses her front leg to cancer.
JE STEWA Stewart, Shannon Sea Crow
Jessica's love of the beach, just down the road from her new home, helps her overcome her fears of starting at a new school and revealing to her classmates that she has an artificial leg.
J AUCH Auch, Mary Jane One-Handed Catch
Not even losing his hand can keep Norm from trying out for the baseball team…
J Cosgrove, Stephen Fanny
Most of the farm animals avoid talking to Fanny, the three-legged cat, mistakenly thinking she would be embarrassed about her physical handicap.
J DANNE Danneberg, Julie Family Reminders
In the late 1800's ten-year old Mary McHugh's world is shattered when her father is injured in a mining accident. Mary's love for her father and her desparation to get life back to "normal' push her to take a chance that restores her father's spirit and also provides income for the family so they don't have to move.
J WAIT Wait, Lea Wintering Well
"WHAT HAPPENED THIS AFTERNOON IS TOO TERRIBLE TO WRITE. . . . PLEASE, GOD, LET WILL LIVE. AND, PLEASE, GOD, FORGIVE ME." All Will Ames ever wanted to do was farm. But when he's injured in a farm accident, Will is left without a leg….

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