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KARR: Unleashed Speaks on Erica’s Tripod


Erica’s Tripod: A book about a girl with muscular dystrophy
by Cynthia Fabian
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In this edition of Kindle App Random Robin, I share my thoughts on the children’s read, Erica’s Tripod.

There were so many things I adored about this book.

I really liked the light colors that were used: not only for the cover but on the pages throughout the book.  They were noticeable but did not over power the text.

The text was crisp and sharp, very pleasing to the eyes.

The presentation was flawless.  Grammar, punctuation, and spelling errors were nonexistent.

The illustrations really hopped off the page.  There was great detailing used, especially on the iguana and the turtle.  My favorite images were of the cat and the dog, Tripod.  Especially Tripod!  I wanted to reach out and pet him–he was so adorable!

To some readers, Erica may come across as very mean, yet I think the author did a brilliant job at making her realistic.  Erica is struggling with how to handle her condition and feels anger for not being able to do what other kids can do.  It is quite natural for bitterness to set in, especially when one is used to being independent and certain tasks being a struggle that others take for granted: going up and down stairs or getting in and out of bed.

In addition to all of those mentioned, I applaud the lessons that are entrenched in this book:

  • Don’t treat something or someone who is different unfairly.
  • Never be afraid to ask for help.
  • You may find friendship where you least expected. (The bond between Emily and Tripod)
  • Don’t let any disability serve as a deterrent.  Tripod the dog carried on, despite losing one of his legs.  He probably doesn’t even notice the missing limb.  He is a testament to finding the advantage within every circumstance.

Notes/Suggestions: I would have loved to have seen graphics of Erica, Betty, and Erica’s mom a little closer to the beginning of the story.

Source: familyfeud

Source: familyfeud

For beautiful illustrations, heartwarming story, and flawless presentation, I give Erica’s Tripod 10 out of 10 TRB stars.


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I have an appreciation for the unique, love for all types of art, and fierce attractions to brilliant intellectuals (from book smarts to street smarts). Lover of humanity but feel humans have lost their way, just trying to stay true to myself as conformity threatens to take me away. Simply one head, many crowns: Author. Reviewer. Columnist.

One comment on “KARR: Unleashed Speaks on Erica’s Tripod

  1. cynthia fabian
    March 9, 2014

    Thank you for the wonderful review on Erica’s Tripod. I have many books for children with different types of disabilities (abilities). Some people don’t understand that when you have a problem that impacts on your life, you may not be yourself. You may be angry or rude. Children aren’t little soldiers, they ought to feel their anger, their pain and then hopefully learn to deal with life.

    Thank you for understanding.

    Second Hand Art, a community survives a hurricane
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    All the same artist, Daniel Stevens, a thinking feeling artist from Brooklyn, NY

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