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4.03  ·  Rating details ·  35 ratings  ·  12 reviews
What makes Catherine so special? She can't talk, she can't walk like her cousin Frances can. But Catherine listens very hard (hardly anyone does that), and she can walk in her special shoes, but when Frances tries, she just falls over! And her claps are so quiet that hardly anyone can hear them. These are the things that make Catherine special and, because her family knows ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published July 29th 2010 by Frances Lincoln Children's Books
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Brayan Gonzalez
Jan 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
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This book talks about Catherine who has West Syndrome. She has trouble speaking, understanding speech, unable to walk without walking boots, and needs help from an adult for many daily tasks. I recommend this book because it has beautifully illustrated pictures and shows how she is still able to overcome it.
A very beautiful story time read, both story and illustrations.
Mar 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book is based on a child who suffers from a kind of epilepsy known as infantile spasms or West Syndrome, which has left her profoundly and multiply learning disabled. Frances wants to know what makes her cousin Catherine so special. Catherine's dad explains that there are lots of special things that Catherine can do. She can clap her hands so quietly that no one can hear her. She can walk in special walking boots that send Frances toppling about when she tries them on. Catherine can't talk, ...more
Kara Pirko
The message that this book portrays is powerful. Catherine suffering from West Syndrome is not understood by another child, but Catherine's father is able to explain why she is so special. I think reading this book to children would enlighten them with a positive view on other people with disabilities. Over all this was a great book to read. ...more
Dec 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Straightforward and honest look at a child with disabilities as well as talents. I really enjoyed the emphasis on what Catherine does well without shying away from the things she is not able to do.
Cristina Rodriguez
Apr 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
This beautifully illustrated book is about a young girl named Catherine, who has a disability that impairs her ability to speak or understand much of what is said to her, she is unable to walk without specific walking boots, and must be helped by an adult to do a lot of things that daily tasks. However, while she struggles with these things that many children take for granted, this book portrays Catherine as a happy, special girl. Catherine has many things that she can do, like listens closely, ...more
Feb 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book conveys a strong feeling of acceptance, warmth and love from a family towards Catherine. Could be suitable for discussing and dealing with any disability but perhaps more for a condition where there is little or no movement. There is a small amount of explanatory detail at the end which explains the background of a child with West Syndrome. - It is a picture book with mainly simple text and is aimed at under 8 years, so does rely on adult expansion and discussion.
Nancy Jo Lambert
Aug 09, 2011 rated it liked it
This is another valuable addition to the ECS collection, as it is about a child with a disability, West Syndrome. I like that this book has great illustrations and a positive view from a parent's perspective of their child with a disability. ...more
Phylicia Bohannon
This book is about a really special little girl named Catherine. She is disabled and cant speak or walk without a certain type of shoe. However, Catherine is a very happy little girl who doesn't let her disability overcome who she is as a person. ...more
Amey T
Aug 23, 2010 rated it it was amazing
One of the best and most straightforward books about children with disabilities. Highly recommended.
Amanda (Cover2CoverMom)
Apr 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Grab a seat and let me tell you about how beautiful this book is!  Catherine's Story is based off the author's niece who has west syndrome (infantile spasms) which is a form of epilepsy.  West syndrome leaves the child physically & mentally disabled.  Most of these children are not able to walk without support, and many cannot talk.

Every once in a while I come across a book that is really special, and Catherine's Story is one of those
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