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Keeping Up With Roo (Hardcover)

By (author): Sharlee Glenn

Gracie and her aunt Roo are best friends. Roo has the heart and mind of a child, and she’s always had a knack for finding the best ways to have fun together.

But now Gracie’s getting older, and her feelings about Roo are changing. She doesn’t always have time to play anymore. She worries about what her new school friend will think of strange Roo. Does growing up mean she’ll have to leave her best friend behind?

In a realistic, heartwarming story about a little girl’s relationship with her beloved aunt who is mentally challenged, Glenn reminds us of the gifts we all bring to the world, and to each other. The world is comprised of all kinds of teachers.

List Price: $14.99 USD
New From: $51.45 USD In Stock
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Written by Sharlee Glenn
Illustrations by Dan Andreasen

Although labeled as developmentally impaired, Aunt “Roo” is a important and accepted part of her family and a special playmate and best friend for young Gracie.  Then as Gracie becomes older and goes to school, she wonders how her friends will react to her special aunt.  A beautiful tale of friendship and caring, Gracie comes to understand how much her Aunt has given her and how friendship and love can conquer labels and limits.
Written by Sharlee Gleen, the author describes growing up on a farm with two older aunts who were like “Roo”.  It’s clear that her loving relationship to her two special aunts helped to inspire this warm and funny story of love and acceptance.
Suggested Reading Level – Grades 1 – 3

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