by Janet Ann Collins
Illustrated by Jack Foster
In Signs of Trouble, by Janet Ann Collins, a pair of girls with learning disabilities are accidentally separated from their Special Education class while on a field trip. Using what they’ve learned about signs, strangers, and what to do when in trouble, they are able to find their way back.
I love how the book helps lift some of the stigma and encourages empathy towards children with special needs. The two main characters are able to think their way through their problem—being lost and separated from the group—and come up with a truly creative solution, resulting in a happy ending. Reinforcing important information, such as “911”, and “stranger danger” is included in the story as well.
I’m really enjoying Jack Foster’s illustrations (this is the second book I’ve reviewed that include his illustrations). They are so fun, colourful and sweet! The expressions on the childrens’ faces are priceless!
Signs of Trouble includes excellent activities for children to learn about safety rules, get a better understanding of people with special needs, reading and creative writing. An excellent classroom resource!
Learn more about Janet at: http://www.janetanncollins.com/home.html
Please note: I reviewed a free copy of the book in exchange for my honest opinion/review.