Sunday, July 6, 2014

Be Quiet, Marina!, by Kirsten DeBear

There don't seem to be many children's books that feature children with disabilities.  Kirsten DeBear and photographer Laura Dwight fill a niche with Be Quiet, Marina! which follows the friendship of Marina and Moira.  They are in class together, and live with different disabilities.  As their needs and feelings differ, they have to learn how to navigate their behaviors around one another to get along.  It's sometimes a challenge, but they learn to communicate and become much better friends.
 The black and white photographs are dated (or perhaps timeless, depending on your perspective) but capture Marina and Moira's days and interactions beautifully.  It's fun to see them work through their differences and enjoy one another's company.  Children--and adults, for that matter--who are around children with disabilities will enjoy this reminder to be aware of other children's needs and sensitivities. We don't get along with everyone in the same way, but that doesn't mean we can't get along with everyone.

  Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the complimentary electronic review copy!

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