Petey is a children's novel by Ben Mikaelsen , published in and set in the s and s.
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Based on the real-life story of cerebral palsy patient Clyde Cothern, Petey illustrates for children an understanding of people with disabilities, and helps them to discover what these people go through. Re-occurring themes include growth, understanding, wisdom and love that shows that beauty and friendship can be found inside the simplest things. In the s, at a hospital in Bozeman, Montana , a boy named Petey is born with cerebral palsy to Sarah Corbin.
The doctor diagnoses him as physically and mentally disabled, unable to walk or talk and has no capacity for thought. Devastated, Sarah and her husband spend two years and enormous sums of mone going to doctors, but each tells them to send Petey to an institution.
The Corbins decide to send him to a psychiatric hospital in Warm Springs , Montana. The story's point of view then shifts to Petey, following his life in the hospital. The nurses in the crowded and unsanitary institution care for him lazily and improperly, some even abusing him.
A new male nurse named Esteban quickly befriends Petey. Whenever he can, Esteban talks to Petey and brings him chocolate, as Petey is "his favorite".
Esteban understands unlike most people that Petey is not retarded, but that it is only his body that is deformed.
Esteban is discharged for informing civic leaders from Butte that Petey isn't, in fact, retarded.
At the age of eleven, Petey is transferred to the Men's Ward. Soon after, he notices a family of mice living in his room. They are his only joy until a new person, named Calvin, moves into Petey's room. Mildly retarded and club-footed , Calvin quickly becomes Petey's best friend, and the two spend all their time together. Eventually, many patients are moved to different facilities. Petey and Calvin are separated when Petey is taken to a nursing home in Bozeman, Montana.
Though Petey vows after separating from Calvin not to let anyone else get close to him, he eventually befriends a young boy named Trevor after Trevor saves him from an abusive group of children. Trevor tracks down Calvin and Owen reunites them with Petey.
Trevor also gets Petey a new wheelchair and takes him out. Eventually, though, Petey becomes ill and his health declines. Trevor visits him in the hospital as much as possible and asks Petey to be his symbolic grandfather because of the great impact Petey has made in his life.
Petey Chapter 1
As Petey dies in the hospital, he communicates that Trevor should go and live his life. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For the satellite, see Petey satellite. For the Our Gang dog, see Pete the Pup. This article has multiple issues. Please help improve it or discuss these issues on the talk page.
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