January 2010, Frances Lincoln
32 pages, Hardback
Yunaleska's recommended rating: ♥♥♥♥♥
Summary from Frances Lincoln
What makes Catherine so special? She can't talk, she can't walk like her cousin Frances can. But Catherine listens very hard (hardly anyone does that), and she can walk in her special shoes, but when Frances tries, she just falls over! And her claps are so quiet that hardly anyone can hear them. These are the things that make Catherine special and, because her family knows how special she is, this makes them feel special too - so Catherine's Dad tells her as he puts her to bed. Just before he turns off the light, he sees Catherine smiling and clapping her hands.
...Inspired by the author's own experience with her young niece who was similarly disabled by a kind of epilepsy known as infantile spasms or West Syndrome, Catherine's Story is evocatively illustrated by a highly experienced artist who thoroughly researched the details of her subject's abilities and daily life.