by Karen Dobyns, OTD, OTR/L illustrated by Maria Koch
Ben is thrilled to start second grade until he discovers he's the only one in his class who doesn't know how to tie his shoes. According to the class bully, Ben is wearing baby shoes. Fifty pairs of new shoes later, Ben realizes that tying shoes isn't so easy, especially because of his visual disability, which even thick glasses can't completely correct. The school's occupational therapist shows Ben how to tie his shoes using dual-colored and no-tie laces. Now Ben must decide if he'd rather have shoelaces that look like everyone else's or get through recess without having to retie his 100 shoes! THE CENTIPEDE WHO COULDN'T TIE HIS SHOES (1) promotes awareness and acceptance of children with disabilities and differing needs (2) includes extra sections with explanations, shoe-tying resources, and discussion points (3) uses type and formatting that maximize visual ease for readers (4) has universal appeal in showing how dual-colored shoelaces can be helpful for all children learning to tie shoes.