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‘We need the literature of other countries to expand our
horizons and stimulate our ideas. Without it, we are not only
diminished, we are starved’
(The Times, Magnus Linklater 29/06/05)
Gemeinsam sind wir grosse Klasse
by Franz-Joseph Huainigg
Age Range: 6-8
This Anthology of four separate stories was included in the ‘Reading the Way’: Inclusive Books from Around the World Research and the ‘Reading the Way 2’ Project.
This book is not available in English. OIW commissioned English translations of each of the stories for the RtW projects.
The Anthology Includes:
Meine Fusse sind der Rollstuhl - My Wheelchair is my Legs
Margit is determined to go shopping to the supermarket on her own, but it is the first time she has had to navigate her wheelchair alone through the streets and she encounters some challenges along the way.
Wir sprechen mit den Handen - We Talk with our Hands
Lisa is deaf. She has learnt to use sign language, but no one else in her environment signs. This book tells the story of her encounter with Paul, a boy whose parents are deaf and has learned to sign.
Gemeinsam sind wir grosse Klasse - Together we're Fantastic
OIW considered Together we’re Fantastic (featuring a child with Down syndrome) to be a book with plenty of substance and some powerful messages about the importance of inclusion.
Annette Betz (imprint of Ueberreuter Verlag), publish a series of picture books in the same series by Huainigg and other authors that include, Asthma, Alzheimer’s Autism, Heart Attack, Parkinson’s and Visual Impairment as well as topics such as adoption, separation of parents, sibling quarrels, and death of a grandparent. Wir verstehen uns blind - We See Eye to Eye