Starts with “F” Friendship and Acceptance

March 8, 2012 at 8:51 am 1 comment

In my quest to discover books for Read Across America, authors with special Message to help children with disabilities. Here is an incredible children’s book that does just that…. I meet Lisa Eichlin on Linkedin, this Lady has an inspiring  book  ” The Bravest Boy I Ever Knew” speaks volumes of love and understanding.

The Bravest Boy I Ever Knew

Message from the Author: “I think The Bravest Boy I Ever Knew is special because it is about a regular boy talking about his best friend who is disabled. Michael, who tells the story, shows the reader that his best friend can do things like him. He just has to do it his own way. Michael also talks about the problems his friend experiences and how he deals with them. This book doesn’t show the bad things about having a disability. It shows how a person deals with their disability by making the most of every day.”

Excerpt from The Bravest Boy I Ever Knew: Lisa says her favorite passage is when Michael says of his friend: “He never worries what others think of him. He’s not like any other friend I’ve ever had.”

Well here are 2 touching book reviews:

About.comReader’s Choice Award 2011 Kids With Disabilities Are Just the Same as You

Reader Reviews: The Bravest Boy I Ever Knew
User Rating
5 Star RatingFrom Michelle Mac Pherson,
My Review The Bravest Boy I Ever Knew by Lisa Eichlin is a wonderful book that lets children know it is okay to have a disability and that they are just the same as you and I. It teaches children that even if you have a disability you can still do all the same fun things that others do, but sometimes in a different way. Anything is possible, especially when you are surrounded by great friends and family.

Reading Level Easy
Chapter Length Short
Best For: Inspiration
Would you recommend this to a friend? Yes

This one is from Book Dads
Michael wants to introduce you to someone very important. This boy is just like you. He loves sports, puzzles, and being outside. He loves to race Michael, often beating him. This boy is a great best friend. Michael wants to be just like him because he’s the bravest boy Michael knows. But why does Michael think he’s so brave?

Find out in The Bravest Boy I Ever Knew.

* Part of the proceeds from books sold are donated to The Familial Dysautonomia Foundation in memory of the author’s cousin Michael Crohn *

My take on the book: This is a beautiful book and a must read for all parents and teachers!

The story is very well done and the illustrations are terrific and very engaging. I love how Michael is so proud of his friend, and how excited he is to share all of the things that make his friend so brave. The last part of the book may be the most poignant and beautiful: “Tada! Introducing the bravest boy I ever knew. I hope someday I can be as brave as him.”

I think it’s so important to teach young children about why other children might have a disability causing them to be in a wheelchair. Kids usually have so many questions about the wheelchair and about whether the child can or can’t do things. I think there’s a certain anxiety about it for children as well. This is why a book like this can help so much in normalizing it for children.

I highly recommend this wonderful tale of friendship.
To purchase your copy here is the link Website:

Cover image courtesy of Lisa Eichlin


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