Parents' Guide to

Born Just Right

By Joly Herman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Upbeat book tells what it's like being born without a limb.

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age 8+

Based on 1 parent review

age 8+

Positive read about life with a physical difference

My 5th grader requested this book after hearing about Jordan. She was born with a partial arm but has taken her difference in stride. She enjoys challenging herself physically. She plays baseball and does crossfit. She designs a prosthetic which shoots glitter. My child is very sensitive and many academically appropriate reads are too intense.This book hits the mark for a sensitive kid to learn about a real child managing challenges, she was able to learn aboutlife in someone else's shoes and also that a physical difference doesn't keep Jordan down. My child writes a blog that rates book " scariness" and gives her general opinion, it is if you want to hear from a kid perspective

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Educational value
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Is It Any Good?

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Kid-oriented and inspirational, this autobiographical story is told by a girl who overcomes her challenges, while encouraging others to become independent and strong. Born Just Right will appeal especially to kids who have been marginalized by their peers. Jordan doesn't shy away from explaining how she uses her "tiny arm" to do things as amazing as kayaking and playing the piano. Her pragmatic tone encourages kids to follow their own passions and overcome obstacles.

Though she lacks the subtlety of an expert storyteller, sometimes repeating facts and feelings, Jordan Reeves knows how to make a point. She sparks empathy in the reader by asking tough questions, such as: Why aren't there more limb-difference dolls and television characters? She takes her questions to companies like Mattel to get answers. Jordan's TEDx talks and appearances on television have made her a bit of a celebrity, but her goal is to use her platform to question the very concept of "normal." Though the entertainment value may suffer because of the direct nature of the narrative, Born Just Right may help readers wake up to their own prejudices and limitations, which is really what it's all about.

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