This Kid Can Fly: It's About Ability (NOT Disability) by Aaron PhilipThis Kid Can Fly: It's About Ability (NOT Disability) by Aaron Philip

This Kid Can Fly: It's About Ability (NOT Disability)

byAaron Philip

Hardcover | February 16, 2016

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"At once beautiful and heartbreaking, Aaron Philip found a way to make me laugh even as I choked up, found a way to bring on my empathy without ever allowing me to feel sorry for him. An eye-opening debut." —Jacqueline Woodson, National Book Award winner and Newbery Honor author of Brown Girl Dreaming

In this heartbreaking and ultimately uplifting memoir, Aaron Philip, a fourteen-year-old boy with cerebral palsy, shows how he isn't defined so much by his disability as he is by his abilities.

Written with award-winning author Tonya Bolden, This Kid Can Fly chronicles Aaron's extraordinary journey from happy baby in Antigua to confident teen artist in New York City. His honest, often funny stories of triumph—despite physical difficulties, poverty, and other challenges—are as inspiring as they are eye-opening.

Includes photos and original illustrations from Aaron's personal collection.

Tonya Bolden is the author of ten books, including "Strong Men Keep Coming", "The Family Heirloom Cookbook", &"33 Things Every Girl Should Know". She lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Title:This Kid Can Fly: It's About Ability (NOT Disability)Format:HardcoverDimensions:192 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.73 inPublished:February 16, 2016Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0062403540

ISBN - 13:9780062403544


Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Inspirational Story This book is the story of Aaron Philips, a young man with cerebral palsy who has worked hard to transcend his disability and be the most he can be. The story is very emotional, as he tells about the hardships that he and his family have faced, not just from CP but also from the poverty that comes with having to spend so much time on treatments and care and living far from one's safety net. This book reminded me that we are all people and that we need to make a greater effort to help and support those that are different from us. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-08-09

Editorial Reviews

“Philip’s simple, chatty account of both physical and societal challenges...will motivate readers with and without disabilities to support accessibility and inclusion.”