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Reflection on Children's book Education Essay (Essay Sample)


Write a 1-2-page Book Club Reflection. This reflection should include your personal reaction to your book when you first read it, your thoughts on the formal evaluation using the rating scale, and highlights from your Book Club Discussion(s). Be sure to also address the following questions:
a. Assume you are a teacher in the future. Would you use this book in a lesson with your students? Why or why not? If so, how would you use it? For what grades do you think it is most appropriate?
b. Do you know of any other children’s fictional books (picture books or chapter books) about disability or with characters with disabilities? How do they compare to your book for this assignment? Do you have any recommendations?

SED SE 250 Book Club Rating Scale

*Adapted from the Dolly Gray Children's Literature Award Rating Scale for Evaluating Children's Books (Taylor, Prater, & Leininger, 2009) 









  1. Portrays characteristics of DD accurately.





  1. Describes the character(s) with DD as realistic.





  1. Character(s) with DD are fully developed.





  1. Does not portray only disabilities of the character(s), but portrays abilities, interests, and strengths of the character(s).





  1. Emphasizes similarities, rather than differences, between characters with and without DD.





  1. Uses nondiscriminatory language that avoids stereotypic portrayals.





  1. Depicts character(s) with DD engaging in socially and emotionally reciprocal relationships.





  1. Depicts acceptance of the character(s) with DD.





  1. Promotes empathy, not pity for the character(s) with DD.





10.  Portrays positive social contributions of person(s) with DD.





11.  Promotes respect for the character(s) with DD.





12.  Depicts character(s) with DD having full citizenship opportunities in integrated settings and/or activities.





13.  Depicts character(s) with DD receiving services appropriate for their age, skill level, and interests.





14.  Depicts valued occupations for character(s) with DD (if appropriate).





15.  Promotes self-determination.





16.  Sibling(s) of the character(s) with DD experience a wide range of emotions.





17.  Sibling(s) of the character(s) with DD have opportunities for growth that are not typical for siblings of children without DD.





18.  The sibling relationship is reciprocal.





19.  The sibling(s) are not given unusually burdensome household and family duties.





20.  The sibling(s) appear aware of the nature of the disability and its effects on the character with DD.






Personal Portrayal (1-6)

Social Interactions (7-11)

Exemplary Practices (12-15)

Sibling Relationships (if applicable) (16-20)


Reflection on Children's Book: Tomas Loves…
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The picture book Tomas Love...: A rhyming book about Fun, Friendship - and Autism by Jude Welton, illustrated by Jane Telford, is a wonderful story book to show the similarities of children with autism and normal children about almost every aspect of their childhood interest and activities. The book shows the life of Tomas, his interest, and the love he receives from everyone around him, especially his parents and Flynn, his dog. Although the picture book tries to portray and recognize everything about what is common with most children his age, the book fails to show how accepting the differences of another and their right to be unique in their own way is acceptable in society.
The book does not portray the characteristics of a person that has autism. The book tries to mask these characteristics with those of what a normal person would have, such as their hatred of loud noises and hand flapping when stressed. The book also shows only one aspect of what a person with autism would have: their interest, but did not mention other aspects such as their strengths, weaknesses, ambitions and possible contributions to society. A book about autism should have proper emphasis on what makes children with autism different and, at the same time, show what is common. The book should also emphasize on the problems that a child with autism faces and their ways on how to cope with these problems so that the reader could understand rather than pity people with disability in general

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