Mountains To Climb
Mountains to Climb by Richard M. Wainwright, is a heartwarming story that deals with overcoming prejudice and handicaps in a positive and realistic manner.
It is a story of Roberto, a young Andean boy and proud owner of a one-eyed llama, who comes to live in the United States. They meet with discrimination, ridicule and prejudice until Roberto remembers his father's advice, "In every person's life there will be many mountains to climb, but they can be conquered one step at a time." So begins the process of reaching out and helping others overcome their fears and dislike of people and things that are different from them. Roberto is able to help two new handicapped friends also find acceptance and love.
The story is well suited to young people who will be able to recognize themselves and others in the story's main characters. Roberto is an engaging, caring boy, who without being pompous or pious enlists the reader's support and sympathy for what it is like to be different.
6 through Adult
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Benjamin Franklin Award
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"NANA, GRAMPA & TECUMSEH. The quality of the writing is such that you fall in love with the story at once. The story flows with ease. The illustrations are not only exquisite, but also, their special beauty flows with the text.
Literary Awards Judge, PMA, CA
"NANA, GRAMPA & TECUMSEH. A beautiful story for teaching children about death and dying in a loving, caring and inspirational way."
Heber Kimball, Ph.D., UT
"Richard, your stories are beautifully written and always thought provoking. I have a collection for myself, but find great pleasure in giving them as gifts. I recently bought NANA, GRAMPA & TECUMSEH for people with a recent loss. Of course, I read it first. As a Hospice Volunteer, I found this story to be very comforting."
Merri Serra, MA
"I loved NANA, GRAMPA & TECUMSEH. It was filled with grace and beauty. There's a Yiddish saying: "When the heart is full, the eyes overflow." As you have done many times with your books, you brought tears to my eyes. Reading about Amanda and Jonathan's relationship with their Grampa has filled a kind of void in me - a lovely book - a blessing to those lucky enough to read it. You've given another gift to the world.
Ken Brynildse, Author, MA
"NANA, GRAMPA & TECUMSEH is a wonderful, heart warming story. It touches upon many of life's lessons. I truly enjoyed it and it will help prepare my boys in a positive way for what lies ahead in life. They have a grandfather who is sick. Thank for a great story."
Cathy McMullen, NH
"NANA, GRAMPA & TECUMSEH. I just read the book. It is beautiful. The funny thing is the grandparents in the story make me think of my Mom and Dad. My son is reading it and then I am planning on loaning the book to a family whose Grampa isn't doing well. I think it will help their two daughters."
Deb Morse, VT