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The book on Julian Edelman? He’s feeling better after knee surgery

Julian Edelman asked the children who the picture in the book reminded them of. One child said Bill Belichick. “You said that, not me,’’ Edelman said with a hearty laugh.
Julian Edelman asked the children who the picture in the book reminded them of. One child said Bill Belichick. “You said that, not me,’’ Edelman said with a hearty laugh.Stan Grossfeld/Globe Staff

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Julian Edelman was in a good mood. He just finished reading the children’s book he wrote, “Flying High”, to children at the Leventhal-Sidman Jewish Community Center in Newton and walked slowly, but steadily, without a limp.

“I’m doing good,” said the Patriots receiver, who signed autographs after the reading. “Pretty pain free.”

Edelman, who tore the ACL in his right knee during a preseason game against the Lions in August, had surgery two weeks ago in the Boston area and is wearing a black brace from mid-thigh to below his calf.

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He even went into Bill Belichick-mode when he was asked about the operation.

“I can’t talk about injuries, you know that, c’mon,’’ he said.

Then he moved a few more steps, slowly but steadily.

He is not ready to cut across the middle for a pass but at least he can take his 1-year-old daughter to the pumpkin patch.

“I’ve had worse days, I’ve had better days,” he said. “It’s been a crazy year and it’s unfortunate with the outcome of my season and having to deal with this, but our team’s working hard and there’s a lot of guys playing awesome football.

“I look at our room — the receiver room — and you see guys like [Chris Hogan and Danny Amendola and Brandin Cooks] . . . these guys are out there putting a smile on my face with how hard they are playing and how well they are playing.’’

Edelman joked about watching Amendola go into the stands after he scored a touchdown against Carolina and grab a flag with a JE11 on it.

“I may have shed a single tear,” Edelman said.

He also wanted to deliver a message to Patriots fans.

“Perseverance,” he said. “Ya got to believe, that’s all you got to tell them.”

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Julian Edelman signed autographs after he read his children’s book.
Julian Edelman signed autographs after he read his children’s book. Stan Grossfeld/Globe Staff

Stan Grossfeld can be reached at grossfeld@globe.com.