Lucas Makes a Comeback

Holiday House. Apr. 2021. 32p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780823447664.
K-Gr 3–Lucas Lion is a grown-up lion who teaches children and enjoys sports and doing the everyday activities that most adults do. While Lucas is up on a ladder fixing his roof, he falls. His spine is permanently injured, and he has to move home with his parents who must do everything for him as he learns to adapt to life in a wheelchair. Adjusting is difficult for the lion until his friends, a monkey, elephant, zebra, and giraffe, cheer him up, buy him a special car, and encourage him to get back to work. Lucas learns to change his attitude about what he thought he could no longer do and begins to do these things by himself once again. Bright, cheery, child-friendly illustrations detail how life for someone with a spinal cord injury has to adjust and also how sometimes things are not always so easy for people with disabilities to maneuver. This book will spur on excellent conversations and provoke much thought and empathy. In the back matter, photographs of the author show how this story parallels his own life.
VERDICT Highly recommended as a first purchase for all libraries.

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