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Value of Facing a Challenge: The Story of Terry Fox [Hardcover]

Ann Donegan Johnson , Steve Pileggi
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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November 1985 Valuetales.
A biography of a young cancer patient with an artificial leg who determined to run 5300 miles across Canada in his own Marathon of Hope in order to raise money for cancer research.


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4.0 out of 5 stars Terry Fox Faces a Challenge Feb. 19 2013
By John M. Ford TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
In this installment of the ValueTales series, Ann Donegan Johnson tells the story of Terry Fox (1958-1981).

The book tells of his closeness to his family and his early love of basketball. After he is diagnosed with cancer and loses his right leg below the knee, Terry plays wheelchair basketball and takes up distance running, a real challenge with an artificial leg. The bulk of the book describes Terry's determination to run across Canada and his well-known attempt to do so in his famous Marathon of Hope. Readers learn about the challenges he faced, the support re received from both celebrities and ordinary people, and how inspiring he was to others. The book ends with Terry's death before reaching his goal.

Like other books in the ValueTales series, this book uses a real-life person to exemplify an important value. It is suitable for reading by children in the later elementary school grades. A "Historical Facts" section at the book's end summarizes Terry's life in a single-page bio form suitable for adults.

Closing quote: "If you accept the challenge to give your best not matter what the odds against you, then you too can make a difference--just like our good friend, Terry Fox." (p. 62)
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Loved this book as a child...the whole series in fact. Now that Im doing a research project at 34 years old about "underdog heroes" Terry Fox crossed my mind and I recalled reading this book and really enjoying the artwork.

I think he talks to his talking shoe lol....
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5.0 out of 5 stars My kids love this story June 22 2005
By Rachel Yeshurun - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I was 10 when Terry Fox ran his Marathon of Hope. I enjoy reading this book to my kids, and they can relate to this story even though they live far away from Canada and long after Terry Fox died. The story presents Terry's illness in a non-threatening but honest way. The story rightly focuses on his life, and his accomplishments and not on his death. The message about facing a challenge is relayed throughout the book from incidents from Terry's childhood right through to his last hospital stay. Incidentally, the book is good for teaching Canadian geography.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Terry Fox Faces a Challenge Dec 12 2009
By John M. Ford - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
In this installment of the ValueTales series, Ann Donegan Johnson tells the story of Terry Fox (1958-1981).

The book tells of his closeness to his family and his early love of basketball. After he is diagnosed with cancer and loses his right leg below the knee, Terry plays wheelchair basketball and takes up distance running, a real challenge with an artificial leg. The bulk of the book describes Terry's determination to run across Canada and his well-known attempt to do so in his famous Marathon of Hope. Readers learn about the challenges he faced, the support re received from both celebrities and ordinary people, and how inspiring he was to others. The book ends with Terry's death before reaching his goal.

Like other books in the ValueTales series, this book uses a real-life person to exemplify an important value. It is suitable for reading by children in the later elementary school grades. A "Historical Facts" section at the book's end summarizes Terry's life in a single-page bio form suitable for adults.

Closing quote: "If you accept the challenge to give your best not matter what the odds against you, then you too can make a difference--just like our good friend, Terry Fox." (p. 62)
5.0 out of 5 stars Great example for children or adults. Loved by my 7-year-old. April 11 2014
By mom&more - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I wasn't familiar with Terry Fox, but it turns out he's quite famous in Canada - one of their top historic role models. He battled cancer and, after having a leg removed, decided to run across Canada and raise money for cancer research. This is the story of his life - always gaining strength from big challenges. I know this because my 7-year-old daughter read the book and excitedly told me about it. I haven't actually read it myself. But she we incredibly inspired. Shortly after reading it, her school held a Relay for Life event to benefit cancer research, and she INSISTED on running. I'm thrilled with the impact.
5.0 out of 5 stars One word: Terrific Dec 30 2013
By Joanne A - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I think the whole Value Tales series is terrific and this is one of the best. I read these books to my children when they were young (quite young, grades 1 and 2) and I'd read 1/2 the book the first night and 1/2 the book the second night. As they got a bit older they would read them on their own--and used them as a research base even through middle school. These books 1) tell the biography of a notable person, in an easy to comprehend, engaging style 2) weave into the true tale an important value or attribute that parents try hard to instill in their children. As an adult I was captivated and so were my children. When I was asked to bring a book to a baby shower this year (2013) I emailed my children (now in their 30's) and asked which books they especially remembered and liked--Terry Fox was on the top of the list. You cannot go wrong with this series.
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