Blooming Besties and Two Canes on the Tundra

The ABLE Team is excited to offer two books in print and braille, free of charge, for your students: Blooming Besties and Two Canes on the Tundra.


Use the order form below to order these books. We will start sending books out in October. Thanks to funding from the Forest County Potawatomi Foundation and the Glen Stacey Fund, this project is possible.


Here is what the author, Mary Tellefson has to say about these wonderful books:

“Geared for elementary school readers, these books feature main characters who are blind.

In ‘Two Canes on the Tundra’, a blind Yupik boy living in Alaska overcomes his resistance to using a cane after his grandfather sets up a ceremony in which stories of ancestors using tools to survive the Alaskan wilderness are told. If Apu’s great uncle could overcome a dangerous injury while delivering mail by dogsled up and down the Yukon river, he can surely ignore some teasing—especially if it means he won’t need his rotten-walrus cousin to guide him anymore. Apu comes to appreciate his cane as a tool for independence and self-determination. This book highlights Native Alaskan Culture.

Blooming Besties’ is about friendship, growing pains and predicaments. What could a blind fourth grader possibly do to get suspended from school? And was it her fault? Readers will warm up to the fun banter between Ruby and her best friend, and sighted sidekick, Charleigh, as they decide important things like which color to dye their hair, whether or not to lie to their moms or if they should let other girls into their friendship circle.

These characters give the gift of relevance in literacy, inspiring blind children with their courage, insight, and resilience.”

Author Mary Tellefson is a retired Teacher of the Visually Impaired and Orientation and Mobility Specialist in Wisconsin.

Blooming Besties and Two Canes on the Tudra Order Form

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