ERIC Number: ED312812
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988
Business Is Looking Up: Featuring Renaldo Rodriguez. The Kids on the Block Book Series.
Aiello, Barbara; Shulman, Jeffrey
One of a series of children's books written from the point of view of an elementary grade child with a disability or other problem, the stories emphasize similarities in childhood experience while providing information specific to the disability. In this book, 11-year-old Renaldo, visually impaired since birth, sets up a greeting card service for stepfamilies and learns there is more to running a business than just making money. After the story, a question and answer section provides answers (by Renaldo) of typical questions children often have about visual impairment. These include: "If you're blind, how do you eat?""How did you get blind?""How do you read?""What is Braille?""What are 'Talking Books'?""How do you use a stylus and slate to write?""What do you use your cane for?""If you go somewhere new, how do you keep from bumping into things?""Will you ever drive a car?""Is it true that blind people hear and smell things better than people who can see?""How do you use the phone?""Are you going to get a seeing-eye dog?""How can you tell differences in money?""Do you know what colors are?""How do you make friends, and how do your friends treat you?" (DB)
Descriptors: Blindness, Books, Braille, Childhood Attitudes, Childrens Literature, Elementary Education, Fiction, Peer Acceptance, Self Concept, Visual Impairments, Visually Handicapped Mobility
Twenty-First Century Books, 38 South Market St., Frederick, MD 21701 ($12.95).
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Learner; Creative Works; Books
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: For related books, see EC 221 271-277.