Not So Different
Shane Burcaw was born with a rare disease called spinal muscular atrophy, which hinders his muscles' growth. As a result, his body hasn't grown bigger and stronger as he's gotten older--it's gotten smaller and weaker instead. This hasn't stopped him from doing the things he enjoys (like eating pizza and playing sports and video games) with the people he loves, but it does mean that he routinely relies on his friends and family for help with everything from brushing his teeth to rolling over in bed.

Not So Different Details

TitleNot So Different
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseNov 7th, 2017
PublisherRoaring Brook Press
ISBN-139781626727717
Rating
GenreNonfiction, Childrens, Picture Books, Health

Not So Different Review

  • Amanda
    January 1, 1970
    I think that this should be read to all kids; the tone is so engaging, the illustrations are terrific, and it covers a topic that isn't often talked about in a simple, open, and humorous way. Thank you, Shane for this book!
  • Ariel
    January 1, 1970
    This was funny, easy to read, a good guide for kids on disability from
  • Alice
    January 1, 1970
    Really enlightening
  • Jana
    January 1, 1970
    When young children see someone in a wheelchair or someone that is differently abled, then they naturally are curious and have lots of questions. The author of this awesome picture book was born with spinal muscular dystrophy, which makes his body grow smaller and weaker as he gets older. With awesome photographs and a relaxed, conversational text style, young readers can see that Shane is not so different from everyone else. This could be a great conversation starter about people with disabilit When young children see someone in a wheelchair or someone that is differently abled, then they naturally are curious and have lots of questions. The author of this awesome picture book was born with spinal muscular dystrophy, which makes his body grow smaller and weaker as he gets older. With awesome photographs and a relaxed, conversational text style, young readers can see that Shane is not so different from everyone else. This could be a great conversation starter about people with disabilities and kindness. It’s also a great mentor text for informational writing using photographs and text to help readers learn about a topic.
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  • Kate
    January 1, 1970
    Not So Different is a fun, engaging, and important book that my five nieces and nephews all love! It's a great mix of both funny, eye-catching pictures, and information about what it's like to live with a disability. I'm so excited to see what this book will do, and I'm recommending it to all the parents I know. Awesome book!
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  • Aggie
    January 1, 1970
    I think this book concept is a fun idea especially for people and kids to understand what it like for this man to have a disability. I just think it could have been made a little bit more fun as well as being educational. I definitely think it will help kids and i like how honest it was about his life.
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  • Marcia
    January 1, 1970
    Shane Burcaw is living with spinal muscular atrophy and in his books he personifies living with disability. With humor and candor, he shares information which many might wonder, but few ask. His books are important in realizing we are all different---and all have great gifts. I admire the work he is doing.
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  • Laura Kramer
    January 1, 1970
    The aim of Shane's book was to make the uncomfortable topic of disability comfortable for children, and he succeeded that through a realistic snapshot of his daily life and the use of his natural witty, light humor. Shane has such an obvious, contagious zest for life that I believe children will feel when reading this book. We need more literature like this that helps to open up children to new perspectives; to understand and respect differences. I cannot wait to use this as a school counselor a The aim of Shane's book was to make the uncomfortable topic of disability comfortable for children, and he succeeded that through a realistic snapshot of his daily life and the use of his natural witty, light humor. Shane has such an obvious, contagious zest for life that I believe children will feel when reading this book. We need more literature like this that helps to open up children to new perspectives; to understand and respect differences. I cannot wait to use this as a school counselor and share with my nieces.
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  • Elizabeth Aylward
    January 1, 1970
    Not So Different is an awesome book that should be read by every child (and most adults too!!). It's funny and informative, full of questions everyone has and answers that make you smile. It's beautifully written with great illustrations. My five grandchildren love it and I highly recommend it to all parents and grandparents.
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  • Kelly
    January 1, 1970
    Brilliant! Shane writes his own story in picture book form, using actual pictures of himself. He explains his disability, SMA (Spinal Muscular Atrophy), and writes at the level that children will easily understand. Absolute LOVED this book.
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