Incredible Ned is, well, wonderful

January 8, 2010 at 3:26 pm

Incredible Ned by Bill Maynard, illustrated by Frank Remkiewicz; published by G. P. Putnam’s Sons, New York; 1997.

The end pages are red with thought bubbles filled with daydream images. What a great way to introduce Ned, the boy whose imaginary images come to life!  Remkiewicz, known for his Froggy series, illustrates Ned’s thoughts, and the trouble that follows, with finesse—we see the thrills on the faces of the children and the dismay on each teacher’s face.

This book would be a good read aloud in an elementary school or for teacher’s to use to start discussion about the gifts we all bring with us to school, even though they may be unusual or hard to find.  I imagine it would be appropriate to use before a discussion of mainstreamed children with disabilities, especially.

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