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Zena Sutherland

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Last Updated on June 7, 2022, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 100

[Don't Take Teddy] is quite a remarkable book, because the author teaches a lesson without preaching. In Mikkel's love for his brother there is a realistic embarrassment but no shame; there is a realistic range of reactions from people he meets, and a realistic acceptance of the limits of the educability of the retarded. The book is a plea for understanding, but the plea is not made directly by the author; by having the story told by Mikkel, the communication is more direct and most touching. (p. 100)

Zena Sutherland, in Saturday Review (© 1967 by Saturday Review Inc.; reprinted with permission), April 22, 1967.

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