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Susan Laughs

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  252 ratings  ·  104 reviews
Susan laughs, she sings. she rides, she swings.
She gets angry, she gets sad, she is good, she is bad...

Told in rhyme, this story follows Susan through a series of familiar activities. She swims with her father, works hard in school, plays with her friends -- and even rides a horse. Lively, thoughtfully drawn illustrations reveal a portrait of a busy, happy little girl with
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Hardcover, 32 pages
Published September 1st 2000 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) (first published 1999)
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Jonathan Fowle
Mar 11, 2014 rated it liked it
Susan is the same as any other child, she laughs, sings, swings on trees, has same emotions and feelings as anyone else, gets into trouble and plays sport. At the end of the book, the readers find out that Susan is in a wheelchair, but she can still do the same things as anyone else.

The book explores what Susan can do, not what she cannot do and the book really emphasises the message that disabled children are just the same as anyone else. The book can be used to encourage and motivate disabl
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Mallory Hackett
Susan is a typical girl in every single way except for the fact that she just happens to use a wheelchair. This book follows the daily life of Susan. She laughs, plays, eats, learns, and lives just like every other kid except that she does it all using her wheelchair. The book does not show the reader until the very last page that Susan has a physical disability so that readers get to know Susan for the person she is first. This is a great book to teach kids about how people with disabilities ar ...more
Jess
Dec 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
A good way to introduce young children to the importance of inclusion and diversity. Shows children that having a disability doesn't hold you back from achieving your goals. Suits Nursery/KS1 children.
Alice Reedy
Sep 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Susan Laughs is a book that is simply written and easily read; but with a powerful and important message at the end that resonates with children and adults alike. The story follows Susan, a young girl who participates in activities and feelings that are familiar to all children. She sings, swims and paints. She feels happy, sad and scared. Susan is an ordinary, relatable character for young readers; as the last page reiterates, Susan is ‘just like me, just like you.’ This last line is accompanie ...more
Livash Ramduth
Jun 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
Susan Laughs is a short story told in rhyme. The story describes a range of common emotions and activities experienced by a little girl, Susan. She swims with her father, works hard in school, plays with her friends, rides a horse. It is not until the end of the story that we discover that Susan is a wheelchair user. When looking back through the book, we notice that Susan is never unassisted but we do not realise any of this until it is bought to our attention in the final illustration. The sto ...more
Charlene
Dec 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
Susan Laughs by Jeanne Willis and Illustrated by Tony Ross

This book is a short rhyming story that describes the emotions and activities that a little girl called Susan experiences. She laughs, she sings, she’s good, she’s bad and many more things, but at the end of the story we find out that she is in a wheelchair.

I like this book because it focuses on Susan’s abilities rather than on the things she can not do. It teaches children that even though someone may have a disability they can still do
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Naomi
Feb 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing

This is an excellent book to raise awareness of disability, to promote inclusion and also challenge stereotypes. It is a short story told in rhyme. The story describes a range of common emotions and activities experienced by a little girl, Susan. She is never unassisted in any of these activities, however it is only on the last page that it is revealed that Susan is in a wheelchair.

This book can be read together to the class, used as a discussion point to raise any issues of feelings that the pu
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Aoife
Oct 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Susan laughs, she sings, she flies, she swings. She's good, she's bad, she's happy and she's sad. In fact, Susan is just like everybody else, even though she is in a wheelchair. This story is simple, but the meaning behind it is not just for children, it is for all of us. It would be a great book to open up discussion on disability as well as focusing on inclusion and a great way to hear children’s imputs. It provides discussion on what can be a difficult subject, helping to teach understanding ...more
Bridie Atkinson
Jan 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Susan laughs, she sings, she flies, she swings. She's good, she's bad, she's happy and she's sad. In fact, Susan is just like everybody else, even though she is in a wheelchair. This story is simple, but the meaning behind it is not just for children, it is for all of us. It would be a great book to open up discussion on disability as well as focusing on inclusion and a great way to hear children’s imputs. It provides discussion on what can be a difficult subject, helping to teach understanding ...more
Sian
Mar 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book is written simply, with only a few words on each page, relying heavily on the illustrations to build up the character of Susan, a little girl who does all the normal childhood things. Susan laughs, sings, cries, paints, grins....and it only becomes apparent on the final page of the book that Susan is in a wheelchair. The book concludes with the words,'That is Susan through and through - just like me, just like you'.The use of rhyme within this book is great and would be great to use wi ...more
Lisa Vegan
May 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: as a springboard for discussion about disabilities and about differences & similarities
Recommended to Lisa by: Chandra
The whole book is a message, but it’s a good reminder for kids and adults alike. The rhyming simple story is engaging, and the pictures are fun. I did appreciate the huge variety of things Susan did during the book, making her authentically real with whom kids can definitely identify. Because the point of the book is to show that despite being in a wheelchair Susan is like everybody else, I’d think this would be good to read when discussing disabilities and differences (and similarities) but not ...more
Kelsey Nelson
Jan 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
In my opinion, I really enjoyed the book. This book about a young girl in a wheelchair used simple rhyming words and pictures depicting that this girl could do the same activities of people that are not disabled. The book does not reveal to the reader that the girl is in a wheelchair until the end of the book making it easier for a child reader to focus on Susan's actions instead of only the fact that Susan is in a wheelchair. This show's the child reader that even people with are the same as p ...more
Richard Avalos
Jun 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is about a young girl named Susan who enjoys doing various activities with her father that many kids enjoy doing. However, after doing all these activities, readers are introduced to her wheelchair showing us that her disability does not limit her. The author of this book uses rhyme to help engage the young readers in the message she is trying to convey. This allows the younger audience able to follow the text easier and keeps them engaged. The illustrations in this book are very detai ...more
Stephie Healy
Nov 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Susan Laughs is a sweet and short children’s book. It is about a little girl whose name is Susan. It goes on to tell us all the things Susan can do and feel in a sweet and playful rhyme that goes on throughout the book. Throughout the entire book you think Susan is just a regular little girl like every other girl you have seen, since all of the things she can do seem pretty normal. It isn’t until the end where you learn that she is in a wheelchair. I loved that the author chose to do this, becau ...more
Laura Oesch
Aug 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: lower grade classrooms/schools that have a student in a wheelchair
Grade level: Pre School - first grade
Genre: Realistic Fiction- This is due to the fact that we as the reader do not know if Susan is a real person. Therefore, we cannot say if the book is non-fiction. All of the actions that Susan does another person can do these same actions.

Summary: This book is all about Susan and goes through some of the things that Susan likes to do. However, at the end of the book, we the reader finds out that Susan is in a wheelchair.

One unique feature of this book give
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Rosie Potter
Oct 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Such a fantastic book. The illustrations by Tony Ross are, as always, quite child like but enjoyable in their simplistic nature. I think books like this are so important because it really highlights the fact that we are all the same and there is no difference between us. Just like it says at the end of this book “that is Susan through and through- just like me, just like you”. It would be a fun book to read with KS1 and EYFS because it is really simple to follow and the children could join in. A ...more
Julian
May 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Susan es como cualquier otra niña de su edad: juega, se enoja, rie, pasea, hace tiraderos, etc. No tiene nada de particular la historia...aparentemente. Es al final donde nos damos cuenta que Susan usa silla de ruedas.

El libro es bueno para crear en los niños la conciencia respecto a la discapacidad. En casa lo leímos comparando cada actividad de Susan con las de mi hija (son las mismas). Al final mi hija se quedó callada, pensando por unos treinta segundos y después preguntó por qué la niña est
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Mariela Alfaro
Nov 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Vanessa Morales
Nov 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Megan Ewald
Mar 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Susan laughs is book with the character Susan who does all of these activities and feels all of these emotions that aren't different from anyone else even though she is different. All the pages rhyme together and on the last page you see that Susan is in a wheelchair. Every picture leading up to the last page has Susan participating in activities or feeling emotions that are no different than any other child but do not show that she is in a wheelchair.

I gave this book a 5/5 because the plot of t
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Arielle Hitch
Apr 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: exceptionalities
This story is told in a rhyme. It talks about how Susan carries about a bunch of different activities throughout her day and at the end of the story, we find out she is in a wheelchair. Thoughtfully drawn illustrations by Tony Ross reveal a portrait of a busy, happy little girl. The characters are Susan, her father, and friends. I give this book five stars because it shows children that you can do anything you set your mind to.
Dian Zulkarnain
Feb 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful book. Will pleasantly surprise you. A classic that will forever remain among lovely gift ideas. Gave mine away to a beloved friend as baby shower present.

I first came across it during a lecture in Paediatrics given by an English professor who taught us on the intersection of children's literature and medicine. <3 Go on, read it, fall in love with it, buy several copies and gift your loved ones!
Marta Pereira
Jul 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
TEACHING TOPIC: Children with special needs

Simple text, such as “Susan swings… Susan swims … Susan reads…” etc.
Matched by pictures depicting Susan enjoying everyday life activities.

Throughout the entire book the reader gets to know Susan and to identify with her, seeing her as “just like us”.
Only at the end of the book does the reader discover Susan is in a wheelchair and concludes that living with a disability does not mean the person is actually different or disabled.
Wendy Bethancourt
Mar 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: exceptionalities
This book illustrates the story of a little girl who does different activities. Such as swimming, singing and laughing. She has different emotions, like fear,happy,angry and sad. Something that I notice in the illustrations is that she is never left alone and is assisted at all time. At the end of the book we see that she is in a wheelchair.
Amanda Hughes
This is a short, simple story with powerful message. I love that the author portrays Susan as a typical young girl who does almost all of the things as other children her age, despite the fact that she uses a wheelchair. The illustrations are great and t's a good reminder that people that are disabled are just like the rest of us.
Emily Fields
This book is very easy for children to read and is great for young children. This book is about a young girl who seems just like any children but at the end you realize she is in a wheelchair. This sends a very powerful message to the readers. The message is that someone may be handicapped but they are just like anyone else and they deserve equality.
Candice
Susan does everything the other kids do but she's in a wheelchair. The story is told in rhyme and fun for the kids. The colorful illustrations show a girl doing everything but not until the end of the book is she shown in a wheelchair. I give this book a 3 because of it's a great concept with a great lesson.
Alice Ball
May 22, 2018 rated it liked it
Every page illustrates something about Susan's personality or some activity that Susan loves to do with friends, family and on her own. The reader slowly gets to know Susan, and discovers on the last page that she is wheelchair bound. A great first read-aloud for Kindergarten aged kids for representation and understanding.
Alexis Tesch
Susan Laughs is a book about Susan and everything she can do. At the end of the book, it shows she is a girl in a wheelchair, but is just like you and I. Thus, the theme of this book I feel is opportunity and inclusion, which is lacking in our children's literature today. This is also why I gave this book four stars.

Genre: Contemporary Realistic Fiction
Ages: Grades K- 2nd
Marisa Severin
Oct 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Great book to have in the class library. It teaches kids that someone having a disability doesn't mean that they are incapable of doing other things. I loved every bit of it. It has simple rhyming texts and beautiful illustrations.
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Jeanne Willis was born in St Albans and trained as an advertising copywriter at Watford College. She worked for various agencies creating press adverts and TV, cinema and radio commercials. She is now a full-time writer and has published over 80 books. Her hobbies include gardening, reading (non-fiction), natural history and collecting caterpillars. Jeanne has also worked on scripts for TV, includ ...more
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