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In this book, successful people (who happen to be blind) tell stories which illustrate coping strategies while amusing the reader. Young adults will find courage in these true sharings. Can a person who is blind really do almost anything by using alternate techniques? What are those techniques? These eight people share a few of them. When a student teacher is faced with schoolchildren who have a sledding day planned, will a white cane be enough? Can a man without sight possibly rebuild a car's engine? When a young girl tests butch wax on her long tresses, does her hair ever return to its normal state? Whose fault is it when a person who is blind opens a taxicab door onto the side of a shiny, new SUV? These experiences delight, challenge and inform. This file should make an excellent embossed braille copy.
The title vignette involves a teacher who is determined that a young boy (who is blind) should be able to feel the color of the piece of paper which she gives him. When he assures her that this is not possible, the teacher badgers him until he answers: "I can feel blue on Monday." He is sent to the principal's office for punishment. The principal is a wise man, and the "punishment" is quite fun. "The present volume, I Can Feel Blue on Monday, is number nineteen in the [Kernel Book] series. Here you will meet old friends and new-the real blind men and women whose stories tell what blindness is and, perhaps equally important, what it is not. Although our problems often seem complex, they frequently result from simple matters of misunderstanding and lack of information. ... How does a blind tourist absorb the splendor of the palace of the Imperial Chinese Emperor? What about the woman with failing eyesight who can no longer see the beautiful wings of a butterfly-can she no longer hope to experience those magical moments of beauty which once moved her to tears? And, finally, if (as Thomas Edison once said) 80 percent of all we learn comes through the eye, can our hope for normal lives be anything more than a futile dream?
In this book you will meet "a blind college student worrying about meeting the challenges of his summer job as a camp counselor, a blind grandmother who wants to share storybooks with her baby granddaughter, a teen-ager fearing the loss of physical freedom she thought would necessarily accompany the loss of eyesight, and a second-grader hurt by his school teacher's obvious disdain for her blind students." Other books in this series are available from Bookshare.