Tyndale House Publishers provided me with a complimentary copy of another great book to review for you. The Push by Patrick Gray is a must have for all elementary school libraries. Students in mid to upper elementary would benefit from hearing the message of the story – that we can learn things from people who aren’t just like us. The Push is the story of a friendship between Marcus and John. Marcus is happy helping John, who is wheelchair bound, and John helps Marcus with his math and by making him a stronger person.
The message of the story is beautiful and the inspiration behind the story and illustrations is endearing as well. The author, Patrick Gray, and one of the illustrators, Justin Skeesuck, are best friends. Justin developed a neuromuscular disease later in life that has left him unable to use his arms and legs. Patrick pushed Justin on a 500 mile journey through Spain, which provided some of ideas for this story. The story behind the illustrations is neat as well. The other illustrator, Matthew Waresak, did the line drawings for The Push, and Gray used a computer program to add the color.
Gray and Skeesuck also wrote another book titled I’ll Push You and have a documentary out about their pilgrimage to Camino de Santiago. It looks interesting to me!