Small Steps: The Year I Got Polio by Peg Kehret

Small Steps: The Year I Got PolioChildren’s author Peg Kehret ventures into autobiography with this look back into her life in 1949, the year she was 12 and contracted three different types of polio seemingly overnight. I remember stories my mother used to tell me about the polio scare—Mom was not allowed to go to movie theaters or get books from the library and I always wondered how much of that was just my overprotective grandmother. But Kehret’s personal journey reveals the horrors of polio—the pain, the slow recuperation, the isolation, the paralysis and the torturous treatments she received that facilitated her recovery. Before polio, Peg was excited about junior high and her biggest problem was worrying about the homecoming float—and just like that, she was in the hospital fighting for her life. Small Steps works on two levels: first of all, it offers a look back into history and what a girl’s life was in 1949; Kehret talks about movies and music that were popular then. More importantly, though, it provides a first-hand account of one of the scariest times in the nation’s history. The book will appeal to children and their parents alike (and maybe their grandparents if they lived through the polio epidemics). A riveting read for all!

Posted by Cindy

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    Rebekah Ninjamuta said,

    Okay book.


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