Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Baby giraffe inspires boy with dyslexia to write

Harrison Pineda, 11, suffers from dyslexia, but Riverbanks Zoo’s baby giraffe, named Lewis, inspired him to write a 12-chapter story.
- Erik Campos/ecampos@thestate.com

Harrison Pineda, 11, has multiple disabilities including severe dyslexia, but Lewis -- a newborn giraffe at a South Carolina zoo -- inspired him to write a 12-chapter story. "He so wanted to tell the story of Lewis that he sweated every word of the story," said his tutor, Gillian Barclay-Smith, who previously had been working with Harrison on reading for months without much luck. The State (Columbia, S.C.)

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