Picks and Pans Review: New for Children

updated 02/13/1989 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 02/13/1989 AT 01:00 AM EST


The Kids on the Block series, for children 8 to 12, blends physical handicaps into stories. This book portrays cerebral palsy as just another hard part of life. Its hero, Mark Riley, is a bright boy who loves baseball (he plays in a wheelchair). Writers Barbara Aiello and Jeffrey Shulman and illustrator Loel Barr neither ignore nor exaggerate Mark's problems and add a Q&A section: "Are you sad that you have CP?" "Sometimes, I guess. Especially when people tease me or treat me like I'm sick or like a baby—or like I don't exist at all. But most of the time, I hardly ever think about it." The series also covers learning disabilities, visual impairment and AIDS. (Twenty-First Century, $12.95)

HOW I FEEL ANGRY This volume in the How I Feel series offers catharsis potential for tots who shout "Yes!" to such questions as, "Does it make you mad when someone says you're too little to play?" (Other books in the series, designed for children 4 to 8, involve being happy, scared and silly.) Wendy Watson's drawings and Marcia Leonard's text give parents a chance to keep a pique from becoming a tantrum; as a chaser/reward, have a more enjoyable tale ready to read once the anger lesson gets across. (Bantam Little Rooster, $3.95)

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