Did you ever lose a child in a mall? I did. In London. And he was seven years old. It’s something one never forgets, even if the ending is a happy one as in our case.
Signs of Trouble by Janet Ann Collins deals with that very situation with a twist. Two children from Miss Rose’s Special Education class get lost, and neither of them is good at directions. But Kim and Amy persevere with a bit of help from a guard, and all is well in the end.
This book speaks to an issue that affects many school children in a sensitive and realistic manner. In fact, the girls quarrel a little between them which makes the story believable for children and adults. There is frustration and fear when one gets lost, and Ms. Collins addresses this in an honest way.
In the end, all is not lost, and the girls have done most everything correctly to find the way back to their classmstes. They are winners in spite of and because of tackling a problem and following through with a positive action.
Signs of Trouble, then, is a heartening and enriching tale for Special Ed kids and for those who are not. A good lesson is to be learned between the covers of this lovely book, and I recommend it without reservation.
An added bonus is the lively artwork by Jack Foster. The kids spring off the pages and add a resonance to the book as a whole.
Signs of Trouble can be found at Amazon.com, Guardian Angel Publishing, Barnes & Noble.com.