Arnie And The New Kid by Nancy CarlsonArnie And The New Kid by Nancy Carlson

Arnie And The New Kid

byNancy Carlson

Paperback | June 1, 1992

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Able-bodied Arnie teases Philip—a new student at his school who uses a wheelchair. However, after Arnie injures himself while making fun of Philip, he begins to understand what it means to be compassionate and welcoming.

"This is a triumphant ending to a purposeful story that will be welcomed for its lighthearted treatment of a common situation. Carlson's vividly colored cartoon illustrations feature a variety of animals humorously dressed in children's clothes." —School Library Journal
Nancy Carlson is an accomplished children’s book author and illustrator who has published more than 60 books. She is one of the few people who knew back in kindergarten what she wanted to do for a living: “Make pictures and tell stories!” Nancy is also a guest author and illustrator at over 150 school classrooms each year, and has touc...
Title:Arnie And The New KidFormat:PaperbackDimensions:32 pages, 8.88 × 7.13 × 0.11 inPublished:June 1, 1992Publisher:Penguin Young Readers Group

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0140509453

ISBN - 13:9780140509458

Appropriate for ages: 3 - 5


Rated 1 out of 5 by from Carlson failed miserably with this one! Clearly the author made an effort towards inclusion but she failed miserably. Arnie and the New Kid is really the story of how the school bully was able to save a classmate with a physical disability from a life of shunning by befriending him. This is far from the message that we should be imparting in our children. We need to show children that people with disabilities are valuable, contributing citizens. I'd recommend Verna Allette Willkins' books Are We There Yet and Boots for a Bridesmaid as wonderful examples of this fact.
Date published: 2004-08-27

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"Top cat Arnie teases Philip because he is confined to a wheelchair. Yet when Arnie falls down the school steps and breaks a leg, twists a wrist, and sprains a tail, he begins to see life from a different perspective. With few books about mainstreaming available, this entertaining story should be welcome".--Booklist. Full color