Book: The Race (an inspiring story for left-handers) by Jan Hurst-Nicholsoncategories: Book, Children's, Left-Handed, School, Bullying, School Sports, Parent Participation, Overcoming Adversities
Jan Hurst-Nicholsonabout this book: This story is for children in the 7-10 age group. The theme is 'overcoming adversities.' The story explores the unique problems of the left-handed child.
The main character is ten-year old Vicky. She has a close friend, Asha, who sympathises with Vicky's frustration when her left-handedness makes life more difficult. Vicky's antagonist is Graham, who sits next to her in class. He accuses Vicky of being clumsy because their elbows keep bumping, and because she can't hit a ball, or do the high jump. Vicky has difficulty with the high jump because she is expected to approach it from the 'wrong' side, and to hold the cricket bat like a right-hander. She is afraid to ask the gym teacher for special attention, and this often makes Vicky sullen and defensive. But in the end it is Vicky's left-handedness that helps her win, and leaves Graham sprawled on the grass.
At the end of the book there is advice for parents and teachers on how to help left-handers; how to tell if a child is left-handed; the correct way for a left-hander to hold a pencil and to slant the paper; famous left-handers; percentage of the population who are left-handed; career choices for left-handers and cultural issues for left-handers.
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