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All Kinds of Friends, Even Green!

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When his teacher gives an assignment to write about a friend, 7-year old Moses considers classmates, neighbours, parents, and teachers before finally deciding on Zaki, his teenage neighbour's iguana, because she is different yet determined, like him. Using a wheelchair due to disabilities including spina bifida, Moses nevertheless participates in all of the classroom ...more
Hardcover, 28 pages
Published January 1st 2002 by Woodbine House
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Alycia Goss
Dec 06, 2016 Alycia Goss rated it really liked it
7 year old Moses is in a wheel chair. He is given as assignment to write a paper about a friend. He does it on his neighbors iguana because she is different like him and they both over come their disabilities
Feb 20, 2009 Elizabeth rated it really liked it
Moses is an exuberant seven year-old boy experiencing a bit of writer’s block on his “Friends” assignment. He has so many friends that he cannot choose which one to write about. Finally he decides to write about Zaki, an iguana with special needs. Zaki lost most of her toes to an infection, and iguanas need their toes in order to climb. Zaki must “figure out how to get where she wants to be in different ways” than other iguanas. “She’s like me,” Moses decides. Moses has several disabilities, ...more
Teri Weaver
Mar 13, 2010 Teri Weaver rated it it was amazing
Through a story about a real boy who has spina bifida, children can observe what his life is like. At school, Moses encounters a writing assignment that he struggles with. He thinks about what it is like to be a child with disabilities. The reader sees him interact with students and friends, and with another wheelchair-bound student. Through their discussions, the reader becomes aware of what people with disabilities face on a daily basis. Because his neighbor has an iguana with special needs, ...more
Nancy LiPetri
Oct 01, 2014 Nancy LiPetri rated it really liked it
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What a great book for introducing children to their special needs peers. I read it with a 3-year-old and will read it with him again when he's in the K-4 years that can better understand all the valuable information about kids who use wheel chairs and different desks and such. The tie-in with the iguana in the story is clever and effective.
Dec 09, 2013 Kimberly rated it really liked it
Moses, a 7-year-old boy in a wheelchair, has to write about a friend for an assignment. After a good hard think, Moses decides to write about Zaki, an iguana his babysitter owns. Zaki is missing several toes on her back feet, due to an illness when she was young. Like Moses, she has had to learn different ways to get around.

A cute story about friendships and living with disabilities.
Sandra Y.
Apr 13, 2013 Sandra Y. rated it really liked it
This was a real story about a boy with Spina bifida, who is assigned a writing assignment at school, and struggles to complete it. The story takes you through Moses interacting with various individuals and some of his own personal struggles. The story itself was ok, but it would be a good tool for discussion the difficulties people with disabilities face. Recommended for second grade and up.
Emily Kenyon
Nov 03, 2015 Emily Kenyon rated it really liked it
Such a good story of acceptance, great for teaching students that they can have friends of many kinds, shapes and colors. The story of this book is so cute and the pictures are great! I would have the students write about one of their own friends.
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