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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
OE Wants It to Be Friday: A True Story of Inclusion and Self-Determination by Jo Meserve Mach and Vera Stroup-Rentier is the heartwarming story of OE and Austin who, with their personal stories, are both inspirational and motivational characters for readers. OE finds Friday the best day of the week. Friday is the day she has fun with her dad and her coach Austin. She keeps counting the days until Friday and shares the activities she does with readers. This story celebrates the success of inclusion and self-determination of children with special needs in families and communities.
The story is encouraging and tells parents and people dealing with kids with special needs how to boost their self-confidence and promote self-determination. The book is an excellent tool for all schools and families, and teaches children to be compassionate and accept another person's strengths, skills, and abilities. It's a good bedtime storybook and can also be used for read aloud sessions in classrooms and school libraries. The story also encourages decision making and choice making in kids at an early age.
The story of OE will touch the hearts of readers and many parents can relate to her story. The story shows different ways to communicate with children with special needs. The pictures shared in the book are great, making it easy for young readers to connect with OE. The pictures help them understand that she is a good role model for other children; especially those with special needs.