[bksvol-discuss] Two books submitted

  • From: "Shelley L. Rhodes" <juddysbuddy@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>, <bookshare-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 17 Mar 2007 11:15:15 -0400

It is an absolutely yucky day out in Boston today, with tons of snow, and 
rain and flooding galore, so judson and I are staying indoors, and staying 
warm and relaxing and editing books.

After all what better thing to do on a flooding day than to sit and read.

So... two easy validations for you.

By Ruth Yaffe Radin

  For eight of his ten years, ever since the accident that killed his 
father, Jon has been blind. It wasn't a problem in Washington, where he went 
to special schools, but now Jon and his mother are back in Kellam's Landing, 
his birthplace, and Jon has to prove he can get along as well as any kid-in 
public school.

Already Jon has one strike against him: His teacher resents having a blind 
boy in her class. At least Jon has a new friend, Matt, and Matt has promised 
to help Jon fulfill his lifelong dream of carving wood, something his father 
did. Together the boys will find a way for Jon to meet the best local 

But Carver is an angry man, a recluse. And because of the painful memories 
of his father that sculpting would revive, Jon's mother would never allow 
her son to try it. Can Jon get Carver to teach him? Can he keep it a secret 
until he has something good to show his mother? And can a blind boy carve?

Beautifully crafted by Ruth Yaffe Radin, Carver was inspired by the 
accomplished Curtis Merritt, one of whose many skills was carving. Blinded 
at age three by cancer and killed by it at twenty-five, Curtis Merritt once 
said: "Probably the only real handicap a blind person has is the people who 
think he can't do anything at all."
RUTH YAFFE RADIN is the author of two other books for middle-grade readers, 
Tac's Island and Tac's Turn, as well as two picture books, High in the 
Mountains, illustrated by Ed Young, and A Winter Place, illustrated by 
Mattie Lou O'Kelley. She and her husband have three children and live in 
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

has produced artwork for advertising and has illustrated numerous paperback 
and hardcover book jackets. This is his first illustrated book. Trained at 
the Art Students' League in New York City, he now lives with his wife in 
North Carolina.


Dog-faced Baths

Which is a really easy simple book on bats.


Shelley L. Rhodes B.S. Ed, CTVI
and Judson, guiding golden
Guide Dogs For the Blind Inc.
Graduate Alumni Association Board

Dog ownership is like a rainbow.
 Puppies are the joy at one end.
 Old dogs are the treasure at the other.
Carolyn Alexander

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