Nature Study Buddies
Leigh's Wheelie Adventures series
By Charlene McIver
Illustrations by Claudia Gadotti
Published November 2022
A school nature study project makes Leigh anxious as he attempts to keep up with his more able-bodied classmates.
After discovering an easier way to complete the exercise, he embraces nature rather than attempting to climb a tree with his friends.
An uplifting story of friendship, inclusion, and self-awareness.
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"Nature Study Buddies is an uplifting children’s picture book lovingly written by Charlene McIver.
Charlene narrates an optimistic story about diversity and friendship. Leigh is a child with a disability and has to use a wheelchair to move around. Because of this, he cannot take part in all the activities that able-bodied kids can.
Charlene’s message is hopeful and encouraging as she shows that just because you might have some limitations, you can still have fun and contribute equally. Claudia Gadotti illustrates the study buddies’ adventures. Her watercolor drawings are soft and beautiful to bring out the emotional message of the story.
This is a wonderful book for any child to read, feel special, and learn about inclusivity, confidence, and friendship."
Reviewed by Melanie Kennedy for Readers' Favorite November 2022