Mike has epilepsy and sometimes its hard to feel like a real kid. He is scared of letting other people know about his diseaseor even worse, being seen having a seizure! He is often worried and afraid of what other people will think. Soon Mike starts playing basketball at his school, and he learns to overcome his worries and to be courageous in the face of obstacles includiMike has epilepsy and sometimes its hard to feel like a real kid. He is scared of letting other people know about his diseaseor even worse, being seen having a seizure! He is often worried and afraid of what other people will think. Soon Mike starts playing basketball at his school, and he learns to overcome his worries and to be courageous in the face of obstacles including his epilepsy. Written by a real-life basketball star with epilepsy, Mighty Mike Bounces Back is a fun, empowering story written to help kids learn to live comfortably with their epilepsy and to take control of their life....
|Title||:||Mighty Mike Bounces Back: A Boy's Life with Epilepsy|
|Number of Pages||:||80 Pages|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Mighty Mike Bounces Back: A Boy's Life with Epilepsy Reviews
My son has epilepsy, so I read pretty much every fictional work on epilepsy that I can find. There are "lots" of picture books that have main characters or friends of main characters who have seizures, but when you go to the chapter book section they're harder to find. I've had trouble finding many, anyway. I liked this one because it's about a boy who happens to have epilepsy. The seizures and the worries about seizures are part of his life, but not the entire focus of the whole entire book... much like my son's own life. The message is upbeat overall, the story has humorous bits, and there's some suspense about what will happen. I liked the section about epilepsy facts at the end (my son and I discussed the descriptions of the types of seizures he has, and even more of the ones he has never experienced), but my favorite part of the book was probably the discussion of how one of the authors still has epilepsy, still takes medicine, and still is a basketball star. Or else my favorite part was the "you may feel different, like you're the only one, and here are some thoughts on how to deal with that.
Mike has had epilepsy since he was two, and is on medication but still has seizures. When he was younger, they were so bad that his parents made him wear a bike helmet all the time! When he discovers basketball, if becomes his obsession. It's not enough to practice before and after school-- he wants to be on the team. With the help of his doctor and the patience of his teammates, he gets on the team. Even though he still has seizures (and sometimes has them at very inopportune moments), he is able to be a successful member of the team. Based on the real life experiences of Mike Simmel, who plays for the Harlem Wizards exhibition team.Strengths: A short basketball book that also has a lot of information about epilepsy.Weaknesses: A bit didactic, and the book would have benefitted greatly from better design, although the cover is good. The print is very tiny; since the book is so thin, I would have chosen a larger font!