Monday, September 20, 2021

"When Oliver Speaks" - a bookwrap



"When Oliver Speaks" is a true story that informs readers about a disability that is not often talked about let alone put into words and published for society to read about.  Oliver thought it would be cool for kids who stutter to have something physical to support them in their speech journey.  This is his story....



When Oliver Speaks

Authored by Kimberly Garvin and Saadiq Wicks


* Ages:  4-8

* Grade Level:  PS-3

* Paperback: 42 pages

* Publisher:  Indigo River Publishing

* Pub. Date:  July 26, 2017

* Language:  English

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The Book 

This true story has an inspiring and positive message.  It assures you that you can do anything you put your mind to.  It doesn't matter if you are different from others ... ... ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE FOR YOU! 

Oliver is a little boy that excels in most things he indulges in.  The one thing that challenges him most is that he doesn't enjoy speaking because he stutters.  "Stuttering is a disruption in the product of speech sounds; also called "disfluencies".  

His class is expected to present an "All About Me" project and Oliver is full of worry and anxiety to present because of his speaking disability.  He has so far gotten out of it by going to the bathroom just as his teacher Mrs. Bakersfield is about to call his name and another time when he feigns stomach pains and escapes to visit the school nurse. 

His teacher notifies Oliver's mother asking if he is alright as he is spending a lot of time in the bathroom and in the nurse's office. Olive shares his feelings of anxiety and doubt to his mother and together they work out a plan that not only enables Oliver to proudly stand up and do his presentation but also accept that his disability is part of who he is.  Oliver learns to bravely accept himself without shame or embarrassment.  This heartwarming book with its wonderful illustrations would be a lovely classroom addition and also earns a spot on a school library shelf.  I highly recommend this book. 

Storywraps Rating - 5 HUGS!



Meet the Authors

Kimberly Garvin is a professional speaker and author, with a passion for engaging audiences, connecting people, and bringing out the best in those she encounters on a daily basis. Through her prolific speaking career, as well as her peerless gift for writing, Kimberly has touched thousands of lives, bringing confidence and wisdom to those who are exposed to her way of thinking. Kimberly holds a degree in mass communications from Fairleigh Dickinson University. When she's not on stage or at a book signing, Kimberly loves writing, reading, and spending time with friends and family. She also appears regularly as a guest at special events and radio stations around the country. Saadiq Wicks is 13 years old and the Founder and Director of Lllet Me Finish, a nonprofit dedicated to supporting young people who stutter. He is also a person who has stuttered for as long as he can remember talking. One of his goals - and he has many - is to raise awareness about stuttering. He also wants to help both kids and adults who stutter to get to a place where they feel okay, better than okay, about their speech and about themselves.

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