Inclusion vs. Seclusion: A Review of Looking after Louis by Lesley Ely

Authors

  • Hila Hirad University of Colorado Denver
  • Amy Vidali University of Colorado Denver

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.18061/dsq.v28i4.147

Abstract

This review focuses on the messages embedded within both images and text in children's picture books. It includes a thorough analysis of Looking after Louis by Lesley Ely, detailing how its illustrations and text sometimes contradict each other, creating a complicated representation of integrated education. "Inclusion vs. Seclusion" argues that while the book attempts to offer a positive portrayal of disability in the elementary classroom, its images and text convey a negative portrayal of disability, distancing a child with a disability from his/her peers. By comparing this picture book with another closely related text, this review examines the possible effects Looking after Louis might have on young readers.

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Published

2008-12-08

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Section

Special Topic: Disability Studies in the Undergraduate Classroom, Pt. 5: Writing Autism in the College Curriculum