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Be Good to Eddie Lee

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  338 ratings  ·  94 reviews
Christy's mother always tells her to be good to Eddie Lee, a neighborhood child with Down's Syndrome. But Christy wants to run and play -- and not worry about Eddie Lee tagging along. One hot summer day, though, Eddie Lee takes Christy to a secret place in the woods and teaches her that beautiful things can be found in unexpected places.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published October 27th 1993 by Philomel Books (first published January 1st 1993)
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Paige Clarke
Oct 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Be Good to Eddie Lee is a book about a girl named Christy and a boy in her neighborhood named Eddie Lee. Eddie Lee is a child with down syndrome, who is not always well liked by Christy and her friend. One day Christy decides to go down to the river with her friend, and Eddie Lee tags along much to her disappointment. However, once they are there Eddie Lee show Christy this beautiful place he enjoys going to. Eddie Lee has a special interest in nature. Once he shows Christy his secret beautiful ...more
Be Good Eddie Lee, by Virginia Fleming, Illustrated by Floyd Cooper

This book is about a little boy, named Eddie Lee, who has down syndrome. Christy, his neighbor, was told to be good to Eddie Lee. Her and a boy named JimBud were headed to the lake in search of frog eggs, and noisy Eddie Lee follows. JimBud soon lost patience with Eddie Lee as he was loud and clumsy, and Christy soon lost patience with JimBud because there were no egg frogs in sight. Eddie Lee found the frog eggs and
Maria Grigoras
Nov 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Be Good to Eddie Lee by Virginia Fleming is a realistic fiction picture book about a boy named Eddie Lee who has Down's Syndrome. A girl in the neighborhood, Christy, doesn't really like Eddie Lee and is disappointed when he tags along on a trip to the river with her and her friend. However, despite annoying them, Eddie Lee shows Christy how passionate and interested he is in nature. He shows Christy his secret place in nature that Christy has never seen and she begins to appreciate and view Edd ...more
Genre: Realistic Fiction

Christy and Jimbud are close friends. As they go about exploring a their world, searching for frog eggs, they (particularly Jimbud) do so at the exclusion of another local child, Eddie Lee. Eddie Lee has an intellectual disability. The other children, frequently underestimate what he can contribute as a person, and as a friend. It is when Eddie Lee shows Chirsty beautiful parts of the woods that she hadn't noticed before, and demonstrates his ability to think
Elyzabeth Marie
Jan 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I feel this book should be read to any child that know someone with a disability. Reading this book to the child would help him/her understand that the child with a disability is just like them only a little different and they could become a good friend if they only try.
"Be Good to Eddie Lee" is about three neighborhood children during the summertime. One boy being Eddie Lee with down syndrome. The little girl in the story Christy mothers tell her to be nice to Eddie Lee that god had made him t
Anna Daga
Feb 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: text-set
Fleming’s “Be good to Eddie Lee” captures an importance to support, accept and have tolerance for kids who are different. It is a wonderful story that teaches children the importance of having empathy/ kindness to special needs children, as well as accepting these children in their circle of friends. The book is a great source to demonstrate that applying equal treatment to the members of our society is one of the key morals of a good citizen. “Be Good to Eddie Lee” can prove to children that be ...more
Carley Grab
Apr 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Just the message of this book gives it 5 stars immediately for me. In this story, Christy learns that although her neighbor Eddie Lee has Down syndrome, he is not so different from her, and he has a lot to offer the world. I have a brother three years younger than myself who has Down syndrome, and just seeing that this book exited made me so incredibly happy. I was given this book when I was in 1st grade. It made me so happy then and it still brings tears to my eyes every time I see it. Cooper's ...more
Oct 18, 2016 added it
Be good to Eddie Lee Is a fictional story of a girl named Christy who is always around a boy named Eddie Lee. While at first Christy does not like Eddie Lee because of his down’s syndrome, after her mother makes her play with Eddie Lee she finds out he is a very kind and wonderful person. I thought this book was great, it does not sugar coat how some kids may feel about people with down’s syndrome and it give a very accurate portal of down’s syndrome through Eddie. The story shows that Eddie has ...more
Victoria Leininger-halpern
Nov 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I thought this book was very good and can teach kids a very important lesson in treating others how you want to be treated. This story is about a little girl with a neighbor who has down syndrome. At first she is mean to him and doesn't want him hanging out with her and her friends, but in the end she realizes he is a good person, and he is special and that's all that matters in being friends with someone.

I love the illustrations in this book, they are very realistic but muted at the same time,
Melissa Richards
Oct 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Be Good to Eddie Lee helps to show some of the ways that children often interact with other children who have disabilities. Eddie Lee is a boy with Down Syndrome who just wants to play with his neighbor Christy and her friend JimBud. Christy is always trying to avoid Eddie Lee and JimBud bullies Eddie Lee by calling him names. Christy is not mean because her mother warned her to be good to him, but she does not realize why she should befriend Eddie Lee until the end of the story. This book shows ...more
Stephanie Field
Apr 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
"Be Good to Eddie Lee" tells the story of an incredible friendship between Christy and her neighbor Eddie Lee who has Down syndrome. Christy does not want to be Eddie Lee's friend in the beginning, but her mother tells her she needs to be. Because of this, she ends up being kind to him and developing a friendship that she did not expect. This book is a perfect book to use in a classroom setting. When students that have disabilities are included in the general education classroom, like they shoul ...more
Sarah Owen
Sep 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: rdng-350
Christy's mother always tells her to "Be nice to Eddie Lee". Eddie Lee is a boy in her neighborhood with Down Syndrome. One day, Christy goes out with her other friend to the pod to find frog eggs. Eddie Lee follows them and ends up showing them where all the frog eggs are and how beautiful the world is.

I loved this book because it had gorgeous illustrations and the message of the story was very up-lifting. I also loved that one of the main characters had a disability.

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Susan Huddleston
Jan 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: educ-378-spring
Text to World

Be Good to Eddie Lee is a must read for all. This book should be used to teach about diversity, inclusion, and how to treat others. It shows how easily it is to hurt someone’s feelings and to misjudge them. Eddie Lee has Downs Syndrome and was made fun of and called names. Yet he still showed how caring and thoughtful he was. He was able to show his friend, Christy, how beautiful nature is and that we should not bother it.
Sep 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book is very sweet, and the behavior and actions of the children are realistic. Today's parents will have to decide for themselves whether the bullying engaged in by one kid will be too mean for their charges to handle; it is depicted as wrong, however.
Deja Hall
Oct 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Eddie is lonesome and no one pays attention to him because he is different. He only has one friend named Christy who is asked by her mother to be nice to Eddie, but she does not like Eddie following her around all summer. On one hot summer day, JimBud invites Christy to go wading and looking for frog eggs but does not want Eddie to go with them. Overtime, Christy realizes that JimBud has made up a story about finding frog eggs because he wants Christy to come with him. Meanwhile, Eddie is the pe ...more
Samantha Beaujour
Dec 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
1. None.
2. Pre k- 2nd grade.
3. A girl in the neighborhood, Christy, doesn't really like Eddie Lee and is disappointed when he tags along on a trip to the river with her and her friend. However, despite annoying them, Eddie Lee shows Christy how passionate and interested he is in nature.
4. This book highlights the theme of acceptance and not judging a book by its cover. Treating everyone the same is always the best thing to do. This book shows that you should be kind to everyone, alw
Stevie Cupp
Oct 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens-books
I really enjoyed this book. I felt like it taught a good lesson about inclusion and diversity. Down syndrome might not be a thing that all children are familiar with, so this educates them on the topic. When a child reads this, the next time they see a child with down syndrome, they might approach them and have a conversation instead of avoiding them because they look different.
Erika Schissler
Oct 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: edrd-204
Be Good to Eddie Lee emphasizes that it is important to be kind to everyone no matter how different they may be from you. It also lets kids know that they do not always have to do what their friends tell them to do even if it means their friends may be mad at them.
Hannah Knight
Nov 02, 2018 rated it liked it
Just because someone is different, it doesn't mean that you can't be friends. You may be surprised that they can show you things that you haven't seen. Sometimes that person will be a really good friend to you.
Elizabeth Watkins
Oct 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: edel-244
This book covers a very deep topic and brings up a lot of emotions. The illustrations take up the whole page and help convey the meaning of the book. This would be great to read to a classroom of elementary school kids to help them understand children that may be different than them.
Emily Ramos-Niaves
Sep 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-books
This good was a great read! It was a heartwarming tale that helped readers to understand other children with disabilities. In my opinion it is a must read.
Apr 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
It was fun and nice.
Cara Byrne
Dec 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Text-heavy with lovely illustrations by Floyd Cooper.
Kylee Lockridge
Nov 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: edrd204
Treating everyone the same is always the best thing to do! And this book shows that you should be kind to everyone, always.
Abigail Butler
Teaching how everyone is the the same and the heart is what counts .... people of all abilities
Kayla Hines
Sep 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
This story is about Christy and her neighbor Eddie. Eddie Lee is a child with Down's Syndrome. Christy and her friend are always annoyed with Eddie. He always wants to follow them and just be friends with Christy and her friends. Throughout the story, you see how Christy is easily annoyed with Eddie, but that changes quickly when he discovers something awesome (frog eggs.)
Oct 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Such a sweet story. Christy's mom has always told her to be good to Eddie Lee, a neighbor boy who has Down's syndrome. One day, even as another neighborhood child scorns Eddie Lee, Christy is kind to him and he shows her how beautiful the world can be. I think this is a great book to share with children.
Oct 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
Eddie is a boy with down syndrome who wants to hang out with two kids in his neighborhood. They don't want to, but the girl's mom told her to always be good to Eddie Lee. She allows him to show her the beautiful places he knew about and to share his special interest in nature with her. She realizes how special he is, and that everyone deserves a chance.
This book does a great job introducing children to someone who is mentally challenged and shows that they are worthy of friendship just like any
Kathleen Heroux
Feb 18, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This is the story of three children, of different families, living in a rural area. Cristy has been told to be good to her neighbor Eddie Lee. JimBud has different opinions about Eddie. Both Cristy and JimBud believe that to include Eddie Lee in their play he will slow their activities. Throughout the story Cristy is plagued by her mother's words that give her a conscience. JimBud freely uses language often heard from children in their expressions toward children different from themselves. Eddie ...more
The main characters in this story is a boy name Eddie who has Down’s Syndrome and his neighbor Chirsty. They are both at the stage in their lives where they take interest in the opposite sex and naturally Eddie takes interest in Chirsty, being that she is his neighbor and friend, but she does not welcome his attention, but she tries to be nice to him. Her mother, as well as, the other adults in her life are always telling her to be good to Eddie, because he can’t help he was born that way and sh ...more
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