WHat do you use to help your body? my review

What do you use to help your body?

By Jewel Kats


Illustrated by Richa Kinra


Maggie and her mom would like to take you on a tour of their neighborhood to meet some of the interesting people that live there. Each of the people they will introduce you to use a special device to aid them in their lives. People with disabilities need various things to aid them when working, going shopping or just relaxing. On today’s walk Maggie will learn different things that people use to help their bodies and hopefully you, the reader will learn more about how these devices help others and why we need to understand that disabilities occur in every culture, what these devices are that the people in our neighborhood use, what they are called, their purpose and how therapists can use this book to help motivate patients and both young and older when dealing with their specific disability.


Let’s walk down the block and meet Liz who sells flowers as she explains to Maggie that she uses a Hearing Aid to help her listen to and understand voices. Look at the colorful illustration on page 7 that highlights what she is learning. Next, we meet David who is getting off one of the transit buses and he tells Maggie to help his body he uses a wheelchair. This chair helps him move around, zoom and get home faster. Maggie and her mom see Justin who teaches hip-hop and uses an artificial leg to stand, walk and hop. How amazing is that as you look at the illustration on page 11 to see how this leg helps Justin.


Mrs. Ali writes poetry and needs to rest at times under the trees. Using a walker, which has a seat, is one way she can sit down and rest her feet. There are some people whose speech is impaired and have trouble expressing themselves. A special device called a communication board helps them. To learn more read page 14 and meet Yan, who loves to paint by the lake and uses this special machine to communicate with others. See what the machine looks like on page 15. Dr Sharma is next and he uses a Cane to help him walk and balance himself and Todd has something special to guide him because he is blind. Guide dogs are trained and need to pay attention in order to protect the person that is blind.


Crossing guards are there to make sure that children cross the street safely but Katrina needs to wear a brace on her arm in order to make it easier for her to bend her elbow. But, Maggie needs a special device too in order to help her to be able to do something. To find out what “assistive device,” she uses read page 24 and see the device on page 25.


Having a disability does not mean that you cannot lead a productive life, get around on your own. This is a great book to help children that might need a cast on their leg, wear an arm brace, or older people that need to use walkers to get around to know that these assistive devices are made to help you lead your life the way you want. This is a great book for teachers to read in class to help children understand other children that might have special needs. Some children even visit homes where people might use these devices and or visit a grandparent in a home and with the help of this book they might understand more about someone using a walker, a cane or even a hearing aid. Children that have problems with their hearing will understand the importance of a hearing aid. Children that have back problems might need to wear a back brace. This book is so outstanding. The illustrations are perfect and the story will encourage other children to understand that disabilities do not define a person they help them. Maggie and her mom hope you enjoyed your walk and invite you to take it again any time you want.

Fran Lewis: Reviewer