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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Mariner Books; 1st Harvest Ed edition (January 12, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 015622660X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0156226608
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,054,650 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

YA-Written by two young men with Down's Syndrome, this book will open eyes and touch the heart. The interview style is involving as the authors discuss their friendship, having Down's Syndrome, marriage, children, becoming independent, and their hopes and dreams for the future. They speak openly about how people have treated them differently because of their disorder and how they feel about it. The book is occasionally a challenge to read since the authors speak in unusual syntax. Black-and-white photographs from family albums appear in a center insert. Curious teens and friends and family members of the disabled will feel the emotions of these two remarkable young men and learn how they work to cope and to succeed.
Jacqueline Craig, W.T. Woodson High School, Fairfax, VA
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Booklist

Kingsley and Levitz write about education, employment, ambitions, families, sex and marriage, and their disability--Down syndrome--in a dialogue format. At Jason's birth, the obstetrician said that he'd never learn anything and should be institutionalized. Fortunately, the Kingsleys ignored this advice, and their son has since attended school, written poetry, registered to vote, and memorized scripts for appearances on "Sesame Street" and "The Fall Guy." Mitchell is an equally successful young man whose mother was one of the founders of the Parent Assistance Committee on Down Syndrome. Hearing about Down syndrome directly from these young men has a good deal more impact than reading any guide from a professional or even a parent. Their comments are eye-opening and heartening. Denise Perry Donavin --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 27, 2002
Format: Paperback
I first read this book when my son with Down Syndrome was very young. It was extremely encouraging to me to read the very complex and interesting thoughts of two adult men who have Down Syndrome. I wish all teachers would read this book. I think any parent with a child who has Down Syndrome, especially a very young one, would benefit from reading this book. I really fell in love with Jason and Mitchell.
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 4, 2003
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This is a book written in their own words by two young men who have Down's Syndrome. They share the ups and down's of their lives . Although my son is only nine, I found this book very helpful because it gave me some preview of things to come. Because the book was written in the boys' own words, it gives a unique picture into the minds and lives of older children with Down syndrome. It also gave some insight into familiar problems, as well as some events that were unique to these boys who authored the book. I found myself wishing that my own son had a close friend to help guide him through the ups and downs that await him in his teenage years. Then I realised that I could actively seek out peers for him to become friendly with at my local Down syndrome chapter, and maybe I could find some friends that he could become close with in a similar fashion to the authors of this book. I highly recommend this book to all parents, caregivers, teachers and other professionals who work with children who have disabliities similar to Down Syndrome, because the experiences of these boys could cover a broad spectrum of disabilities, not only Down Syndrome. So many books are written from an outsider's prespective. This book comes straight from the sourcel.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Jessica Green on May 6, 2007
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i think this book should go to individuals to learn about issues that might be dealing with. these two advocates have learned a lot and how their parents has taught them i think i definitively recommend this book to go to many libraries and bookstores so that other men can learn how to do things on their own just like any other men. i am a women and i have down syndrome to i have read this it made me realize that having down syndrome is a celebration
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Gen of North Coast Gardening TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 5, 2008
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I've never read a book by people with Down Syndrome before, and haven't gotten to meet many people with Down Syndrome either, so it was a real pleasure to get to meet and understand what these two young men are thinking and feeling on a variety of topics from having Down Syndrome, school and interacting with others, what their dreams are for their future, how they feel about women, marriage, and children, etc.

It was a hard book to sit down and read front to back because the book was structured as a series of quotes from both boys or conversations between them and their family members, and also because the way they phrase things is different from what I am used to, so I instead enjoyed reading a few chapters a day.

I was a little taken aback at some of Jason's attitudes towards women at that time, but I appreciate that he was a high school student at that time and may have matured in his viewpoints since then - I know I am very different from when I was a high-schooler! People with strong religious convictions may prefer to read this book before handing it off to their teen with DS, since the views are largely secular.

This was a valuable and unique look inside the heads of two strong young men who are working hard to be accepted and beloved contributors to society, and I am so glad they wrote this book to share their thoughts with us.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By jennifer graf groneberg on April 1, 2008
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I read this book when my son was just a baby, and I was still full of misconceptions and misunderstandings about Down syndrome. The story of these two young men, told in their own words, did more to help me begin to envision a life full of hope and potential for my baby than any other book I'd read. I want to thank them for helping me learn, and grow as a person, and be a better mother to my own son.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By book_thief on July 10, 2012
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The way this book differs from many other books on people with disabilities is that this book is written in the unfiltered voice of the the two men who have down syndrome. This really makes a difference because in this way readers more connected to the characters and their cause. This a good read for anybody who wants to broaden their views on people with disabilities. Not many of us have the chance to interact first hand with people with disabilities, but it's a fact that they are a part of our communities, and reading this book is a good way to learn more about them. The topics discussed in the book are really thought provoking and shows the readers that people with disabilities don't get enough credit for their abilities. A good book related to this topic is: Riding the Bus with My Sister.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jerrod Begora on April 10, 2012
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Great Book. We recently had a new additional to our family. She has Down Syndrome. This book has helped me gain perspective on what her future holds. I guess the authors did what they set out to do. They taught someone (me) about their disability and what it is like to have it. Thanks for writing the book. And, they had a great editor. You could hear their disability in their writting without taking away from the flow of the book.
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