My name is Sarah, and I am 10 years old. I am a fifth grader in Mount Prospect, Illinois. I recently read Small Steps: The Year I Got Polio by Peg Kehret. I was assigned this novel in my reading class at school. At first I thought the story would be sad and depressing. However, I was curious about this being a true story and I wanted to learn more about the author’s disease and how she battled it. I actually enjoyed reading Small Steps and I’m glad my teacher assigned it to my reading group.
I was very impressed by Ms. Kehret’s bravery and strength in fighting polio when she was a girl, not much older than I am now. She worked very hard and stayed focused to accomplish her goal. I think of Ms. Kehret when I believe I cannot reach one of my goals, and she inspires me. The book also left me feeling very thankful that we now have a polio vaccine so no one has to suffer any more like Peg Kehret did. I’m sure she was extremely happy when her children received their first polio vaccination.