Friday, July 2, 2010

"Petey" by Ben Mikaelsen

Petey by Ben Mikaelsen is a really good book and a fast read about how a deformed baby with Cerebral Palsy was misdiagnosed as an idiot and institutionalized in an insane asylum in the 1920s.  Most thought he couldn’t think but a few of his attendants and one other resident discovered he could think.  When he was in his 40s, he was finally transferred to a nursing home where he was able to go outside and do things.  A boy protected him from some bullies who were throwing snowballs at him one day and the 13-yr. old boy became his good friend.

Petey had a great attitude about life, even though he needed people to take care of his basic needs and couldn’t do much for himself.  This book showed what people with deformities go through and that we need to take time to get to know people and not write them off because of their appearance.  Petey shows us how good life is.  I thought this book would be depressing, but on the contrary, although it was very sad, I found it to be very interesting and heartwarming.  I highly recommend it for something out of the ordinary.

(Karen's review 12/5/09)

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Thanks! This sounds great. I'll have to see if my local library has a copy.
By urbansuburban on December 05, 2009 10:03

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Looks like a very interesting and thought-provoking book. Thanks for sharing the review. :)
By Cindy @ Fenced in Family on December 05, 2009 11:26

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The book was great.I read it and couldnt believe how said it was.it is the best book.
By Hot Cheeto on December 16, 2009 18:21

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book it was horrible
By me on December 16, 2009 18:22

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super sad
By Fred Figglehorn on December 16, 2009 18:22

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