A Book Review: Buddy A Story for Dyslexia
by Robin McEvoy Ph.d
Illustrated by Tessa McEvoy
Buddy is a colorful picture book about a family of birds – a mom and dad and their three children: Betty, Billy and Buddy. Betty and Billy sing nicely for their dinner, Buddy struggles with the ‘Birdy’ song. Of course, we all know baby birds sing for their food, so what is a mom to do? Focus on strengths; of course and certainly address the singing. Of the three, Buddy clearly flies the best, but the singing, well, there needs to be some improvement, particularly if Buddy needs to eat. Through very colorful illustrations, and understandable and concise explanation, Buddy has a happy ending.
The author, Robin McEvoy is a developmental neuropsychologist in Denver, Colorado who evaluates and diagnoses specific learning issues in children, adolescents and adults. She is an assistant professor at University of Colorado at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center.
Dr. McEvoy’s daughter, Tessa is a talented artist who has challenges of her own, which in turn fostered her artistic talents, as can be seen by the illustrations in Buddy. For full disclosure, Tessa worked for me several years ago folding 1000 paper cranes for my daughter’s wedding. She can fold a crane a second. She worked with the top florist in Denver on how to integrate the cranes with floral design. Tessa is extraordinary.
Dr. Sally Shaywitz, Author of Overcoming Dyslexia, Co -Director of Yale Center for Dyslexia & Creativity, has endorsed Buddy, A Story for Dyslexia