Christy is bored, but playing with Eddie is no alternative. Eddie is different and because of his handicap Christy’s mum keeps telling her to be especially nice towards him. Christy, however, prefers going to the pond with JimBud. Suddenly, they hear a plodding sound and there he is – Eddie. JimBud has been frightened like Christy, but he angrily shouts at Eddie. However, Eddie doesn’t react and rather takes a little salamander for Christy out of the water.
Unfortunately, JimBud’s trousers get soaked, sulkily he runs away. Eddie has a special surprise for Christy: a small pond inmidst the woods. When Christy’s face is reflected in the water, she suddenly looks like Eddie. Eddie thinks this is funny, but Christy feels embarrassed because of her distorted face. However, Eddie doesn’t care about her looks. He cares about her heart!
This book is suitable for readers between 4 and 8 years of age.
Floyd Cooper was born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He received a degree in fine arts from the University of Oklahoma and, after graduating, worked as an artist for a major greeting card company. In 1984, he came to New York City to pursue a career as an illustrator of books, and he now lives in Easton, Pennsylvania, with his family. Floyd Cooper received a Coretta Scott King Award for his illustrations in The Blacker the Berry and a Coretta Scott King Honor for Brown Honey in Broomwheat Tea and I Have Heard of a Land.