Small Steps

By Peg Kehret

A Bio Peg Made

Peg Kehret has always loved to write. As a child, she wanted to be either a writer or a veterinarian; now she includes animals in most of her books. She grew up in Austin, Minnesota, and had a happy and normal childhood except for a bout with polio which paralyzed her from the neck down and hospitalized her for nine months. However, she made nearly a complete recovery. She graduated from Austin High School and attended the University of Minnesota for one year.

She married Carl Kehret in 1955, and moved to California two years later. They adopted two children, Bob and Anne. As a young mother, Peg completed one more year of college. In 1970, Peg and Carl moved to Washington State where she still lives.
Before Peg began writing books for children, she wrote radio commercials, plays, and magazine stories. She also published two nonfiction adult books. Her first book for kids (Winning Monologs for Young Actors) was published in 1985. Since then she has published many popular books for young people.

Peg Kehret has won dozens of state Young Reader awards as well as the PEN Center Award in Children’s Literature, the Golden Kite Award from the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators, and the Henry Bergh Award from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA.)

For many years Peg and Carl traveled around the U.S. in their motorhome with their pets on board so that she could speak at schools, libraries, and children’s literature conferences.

Carl died in 2004. They were married for forty-eight happy years. Peg’s children are grown and married, and she has four grandchildren – Brett, Chelsea, Eric, and Mark – and a great-grandson, Seth, all of whom live in Washington State.

Peg is a long-time volunteer for animal welfare causes, currently helping Left Behind K-9 Rescue and the Northwest Spay Neuter Center. She has a dog, Lucy, and two cats, Dillon and Mr. Stray. All are rescued animals.

Peg’s home is a log house on a ten acre wildlife sanctuary near Mount Rainier National Park. She often sees deer and elk from her window. When she isn’t writing, Peg likes to read, cheer for the Seattle Seahawks and the Seattle Mariners, play with her animals, and bake cookies. Her favorite food is a chocolate milkshake. If you’ve read SMALL STEPS, you know why.

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Characters from Small Steps

  • Peg Schulze- Polio survivor and author
  • Her parents- Beth and Bob Schulze
  • Art Schulze- Brother
  • Alice- Roommate
  • Dorothy- Roommate
  • Miss Ballard- physicist
  • Shirley- Roommate
  • Renee- Roommate
  • Dr Bevis- Doctor
  • Mrs Crab- physicist

Stuff I have to say about the book!

My opinion on this book is that you should read this book. I recommend this book because it tells about a really life situation of a girl that has polio.

The Setting

The setting is in lots of places like her house, school, University of Minnesota Hospital, and Sheltering Arms. (from what I've read)


The problems were polio and they resolved it by not crying.

Quotable Quotes

  • “Fear that comes from personal experience is far more real than fear based on someone else's ordeal.”
  • “Act like a criminal and that's how you'll be treated.”
  • “ that I had finally confronted him, he had lost his power over me.”