Bookshelf: The Short Bus: A Journey Beyond Normal


The Short Bus: A Journey Beyond Normal

by Jonathan Mooney

This is a another great book. When we see our children “different” we panic and try whatever we can to make them “normal” again. We know of parents (those who have money of course) who have sent their children from one program to another, and fromone end of the world to another to achieve some normality.  Jonathan Mooney proved to us that given the right environment, one can excel in something – without have to be like “normal” kids.  For parents with special needs kids (dyslexia and ADHD), this is a great read!  – LBS

Paperback: 288 pages

Publisher: Holt Paperbacks; Reprint edition (May 27, 2008)

ISBN-10: 0805088040

ISBN-13: 978-0805088045

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By  elkepelka EJ

I received the book yesterday afternoon and proceeded to sit down intending to read a just a few chapters and then get dinner on the table for my boys…5 hours later, I was still reading– I could not put the book down. I ended up reading it cover to cover at the kitchen table. I haven’t done that in ages. Luckily the boys are old enough to fend for themselves!!! 

This is an emotional book. It’s also a really wonderful book. Jonathan has really challenged me to look inside my own self and confront my own pre-conceived ideas and ways of looking at people who are labeled disabled. I really think this book should be required reading for educators and professionals who are dealing with students or clients with disabilities, it reminds you that behind the label there is an individual who brings with them their own unique gifts and wonderful qualities. We cannot.. no we must not forget that. 

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