When Marcus moved next door to John, they knew instantly they’d be friends. Now John and Marcus do almost everything together. They go on lots of adventures, with Marcus pushing John’s wheelchair and John fueling their escapades with jokes. Through their friendship, the boys discover that their unique gifts make them stronger together.Based on the friendship of real-life best friends Patrick Gray and Justin Skeesuck, The Push teaches kids that people of all abilities have important roles to play and that we’re all better together than we are on our own.
|Publisher:||Tyndale House Publishers|
|Product dimensions:||8.60(w) x 10.10(h) x (d)|
|Age Range:||5 - 8 Years|
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In an ordinary town, in an ordinary house, there lived a boy named John.
John slept in a bed like everyone else; he ate food like everyone else; he loved to play like everyone else.
But he was different from the other kids in town.
When John was born, his arms and legs didn't work. He couldn't do all the things his friends could do.
He couldn't dress himself.
He couldn't brush his teeth.
He couldn't tie his shoes.
He couldn't walk.
When he wasn't sleeping, he was usually in his wheelchair.
But there were some things John was an expert at.
He could give any statistic about the Boston Red Sox since they got their nickname in 1908.
He could make people laugh until milk came squirting out their noses.
And he could solve the most complicated math problems in his head.
One summer, just before school started, John saw a moving truck at the house next door.
"Would you please wheel me outside so I can see the new neighbors?" John asked his mom.
As his mom parked him at the end of the driveway, John saw a boy carrying a box. He was wearing a Red Sox hat.
"2004!" John shouted.
The boy turned around. "Sixth World Series title!"
"And eleventh American League Pennant!" John replied.
The boy walked over to John. "My name's Marcus."
When Marcus stuck out his hand, John said with a smile, "My hands don't work."
"That's okay," Marcus said, lifting John's hand. "How about this?"
"That will be our handshake!" John said.
In no time, Marcus and John were best friends.
They were in the same class at school. When John wasn't helping Marcus with his math homework, they watched baseball games together or played chess. (Marcus moved John's pieces for him, but John almost always won.) Sometimes they explored the neighborhood, with Marcus skateboarding behind John's wheelchair.
One day at recess, when the leaves were starting to crunch under John's wheelchair, their classmate Timothy handed out invitations to all the boys in the class.
Marcus opened the envelope for John so he could read it.
"We should go!" Marcus said.
"I'm not sure." John looked down. "I can't feed myself."
Marcus shook John's hand just like the first day they met. "If you don't go, who will make us all laugh until our sides hurt? Besides — I can feed you."
When Marcus moved next door to John, they knew instantly they'd be friends. Now John and Marcus do almost everything together. They go on lots of adventures, with Marcus pushing John's wheelchair and John fueling their escapades with jokes. Through their friendship, the boys discover that their unique gifts make them stronger together.
Based on the friendship of real-life best friends Patrick Gray and Justin Skeesuck, The Push teaches kids that people of all abilities have important roles to play and that we're all better together than we are on our own.(Continues…)
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This is a children's book about friendship. I say that it is written for children but I believe that there is a message in there for everyone. It is based on the story of real-life friends Patrick Gray and Justin Skeesuck, who wrote I'll Push You. In this story, Marcus moves next to John and the two of them became friends almost immediately. The two become inseparable. Where ever and what ever they do, Marcus helps John but having a great sense of humor and providing the fuel to push John's wheelchair. I was given this book by Tyndale in exchange for my honest review. However, even if that were not the case, I would have purchased this book for my grandchildren, after I read I'll Push You. Excellent book and I highly recommend it for every family and classroom.
“That’s why we’re friends, right? We’re stronger together than we are on our own,” Marcus tells John in Patrick Gray’s children’s book, The Push: A Story of Friendship. ~ What ~ This numbered thirty-page oversized hardbound targets children four years and older, especially those who have a disability or help those with one. With no frightening scenes, the book has colored ink-drawn pictures that are simply illustrated on every page. In this story told from the writer’s personal experiences with a dear friend, John is wheelchair bound and unable to use his hands or legs. When Marcus moves in next door, the two become fast friends. Marcus goes out of his way to include John at birthday parties, outdoor activities, and get-togethers. While John feels he cannot do much for Marcus due to his limitations, his friend tells him how much he appreciates and learns from him, reminding him they are better stronger together than apart. The ending has a quote from Mother Teresa and a written out Bible verse from the New International Version. ~ Why ~ This is an engaging story how friendship grows between two young boys. While one makes sure his friend is feed, safe, and a participant in the fun, the other loves to make jokes, keep everyone happy, and help those with math issues. I love how it focuses on the friendship between the two boys and not their differences. ~ Why Not ~ Those who do not have a disability or are not around those with a handicap may feel uncomfortable reading this book, but it does show how we all can help each other in spite of our limitations, seen or unseen. Due to some complicated three- and four-syllable words, the book may be hard for beginner readers. ~ Wish ~ I wish the book mentioned that God has each of us where we are supposed to be in spite of our inadequacies and that we can turn to Him always, and He will always be there for us. ~ Want ~ If your child has a disability or perhaps a friend does, this book is great for showing how we all struggle with our problems, but we can learn from others and allow them to help us without feeling shame or guilt. Thanks to the Tyndale Blog for this book that I am under no obligation to review.