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Ben Has Something to Say: A Story about Stuttering
by Laurie Lears
In order to help a neglected dog that he sees at a junkyard, Ben, who stutters, begins to confront his fear of speaking. Further information on stuttering is included for parents and teachers.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published April 22nd 2003 by Shens Books
(first published September 2000)
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After reading this book I was left with mixed feelings. Though this is a picture book, I found that this book was really geared toward adults. The first adult thing about this book is the preface titled "For Parents and Teachers of Children Who Stutter." The information presented here identifies what stuttering is and is not as well as how to appropriately communicate with someone who stutters. Another element of the story that was more adult oriented was how the father handled his stuttering so ...more
I totally cried at this book in the library. I liked the illustrations, but I thought the story of a boy overcoming is fears and struggles to save a dog was really lovely. It's a good book for all kids, not just stutterers, to help learn about reaching out of your comfort zone.