Small Steps

Small Steps

The Year I Got Polio

eBook - 2013
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Almost twenty years ago, in a riveting story of courage and hope, Peg Kehret wrote of months spent in a hospital when she was twelve, first struggling to survive a severe case of polio, then slowly learning to walk again. The book deeply touched readers of all ages and received many awards and honors. This anniversary edition includes an updated and extended epilogue about the author’s experiences since the original publication. It also includes twelve pages of new photos and a lengthy section about polio, past and present. “From a writer known for her fiction, a moving memoir about a 12-year-old who got polio in 1949 in Austin, Minnesota, Kehret describes the disease, the diagnosis, the severe symptoms, treatments, physical therapy, slow recovery, and return home with walking sticks—and how she was forever changed . . . A simple, direct, and sometimes self-deprecating style of writing tenderly draws readers into Kehret’s experiences and the effects of the disease firsthand. Almost a half-century later, this lovely book refocuses attention on what matters most: health, love of family, friends, determination, generosity, and compassion.” —Kirkus ReviewsPeg Kehret has always loved to write. As a child she wanted to be a writer or a veterinarian. Now she includes animals in most of her books and, when she isn’t writing, she helps animal rescue groups. Peg’s books have won more than fifty state young reader awards.
Publisher: New York :, Albert Whitman & Company,, 2013
ISBN: 9781480461260
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Characteristics: 1 online resource

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Dixiedog2
Nov 17, 2018

I enjoyed this book and was surprised to see how poor in some areas the care was in the 1940s and 1950s for helpless patients who were paralyzed from the neck down. Patients had little protection against insensitive and heartless care givers who in some cases as described in this book lacked common civility.
However, there were also many examples of dedicated doctors, nurses and physiotherapists who did their best to improve the comforts and the spirits of the infirmed. Thankfully, what would have to be considered as abusive care is a thing of the past. This book is a quick read and very informative. Recommended by Doctor-at-bass-fishing. T. A.

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dixiedog
Nov 05, 2018

I am grateful to have read Peg Kehret's story. What she and her friends endured was disheartening. I cannot imagine what it would have been like for the over 43,000 people, mainly children, who learned they had Poliomyelitis, Infantile Paralysis, (Polio) in the USA in 1949. Polio was a scare for many of us who grew up in the 1950s and 1960s in Canada.

This book was, in particular, an interesting read for me after learning in my early 50s that I had been misdiagnosed with shingles when I was perhaps 13 years old. I had polio then and never knew it. I remember the line ups in school in the 1950s where we lined up class after class in alphabetical order shuffling to the nurses office for a booster or other needle. The needles were not the pin pricks we have today.

I am glad that I read this book; it was very informative. It informs a reader ‎about how some inflicted persons overcame the disease and with the right early treatment designed by Elizabeth Kenny, they went on to lead successful lives; even having children. Others were not so lucky and succumbed to this horrible disease. Bless those in particular who went on the live their days in an iron lung. Recommended by Senior-Doctor-at-bass-fishing. D. A.

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Miss_Ruby
Mar 14, 2018

I love this book! Super good, I read it every summer and love it every time. :)

historytimejen Oct 14, 2017

Polio isn't something we hear a lot about these days. But back in the late 1940s, when Peg Kehret was about your age, polio was very real threat in the United States. Stricken with polio at age 12, this memoir describes the year she spent fighting the disease. You'll also meet the family, friends and health care providers that helped her along the way.

multcolib_susannel May 13, 2017

When children's author Peg Kehret contracted polio at twelve-years old there was no cure. But maybe with hard work, she could learn to walk again.

JCLHannahJaneC Nov 13, 2014

I greatly admired Peg's pluck and determination. Additionally, I was quite moved by the amount of support and encouragement she received and also how she had the maturity and compassion to recognize the positivity in her extreme misfortune.

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ncsrats
Dec 08, 2009

I love this book!!! It is really good. Very interesting; especially for those who love medical stuff.

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