This book was a wonderful tribute to the Down syndrome community. These kids and their families are beautiful and it proves that just by having a disability doesnt mean life needs to stop. Love the book, love the author
In addition to all the beautiful images that you will see throughout the book, the author's words in the first two pages captures it all. As a parent, I haven't been able to put how I feel about my child into words, so he's done it for many of us. Prior to writing this book, Mr. Khalsa didn't have an affiliation to this group of wonderful people, yet he presents this community in such a positive and respectful manner. This book will be cherished for years to come and has given the world of DS such a positive image in a world of people thirsting to be perfect. They already have what we are looking for; uconditional love, kindness, suspending judgement, to find the good in others, and living in the moment. When you purchase one, you'll want to buy more for others!
When I see the pictures in this book I see LOVE. Then reading the stories or brief descriptions of these amazing people made my heart swell. The creator of this book really understands these beautiful people and brings out the best in them. There is a true connection. I think any reader will connect as well. The parents of these children/adults have been blessed by such an amazing gift. I purchased this book because a family friend is pictured here, I never realized how much I would fall in love with all the others. You won't be able to put the book down. It's a book for all ages.
This is a truly wonderful, heartwarming and beautiful book - an inspiring education to those of us unfamiliar with the day-to-day joy of "disability" - and a god-sent gift to those now blessed by an exceptional person in their lives. Many and sincere thanks to the author.
This is a beautiful book filled with images and narrative that will warm your heart! The creater of this book really gets people with Down syndrome, and fully understands why people love and adore them. It is unusual for someone that doesn't have a direct personal relationship with a person with Down syndrome to have such incredible insight into the wonderful and special characteristics that make them such special people. This book would be a great gift for someone that has learned they are carrying a baby with Down syndrome, or that has recently had a baby with Down syndrome. I would have treasured it at that time in my life, but unfortunately, it did not exist then. I'm going to buy copies for several people I know that have babies and young children with Down syndrome just to share the beauty captured here. You won't be disappointed!
When I became an early childhood interventionist twenty-six years ago, my first "caseload" included five babies with Down syndrome. Before long I had fallen in love - with them, and with their parents. "I'm Down with You," is a most wonderful collection of photographs and glimpses into the hearts of these dear people: children and adults with DS, and those who love and care for them. I would encourage everyone to purchase this book - you won't be disappointed. And it would also make a lovely gift for a family entering this "Down side up" world. I purchased the book to donate to our local Down syndrome library, but I'm having a hard time letting it go.
The final results of this book surpassed my expectations and is absolutely gorgeous in more ways than one. I will get to the sentimental aspect in a moment, but first I want to commend the efforts of the well planned lay-out, design and the fluidity of the book with the gradual transition from babes, to children, to hip teens, to grown loving, successful adults. The striking black and white photographs capture candid, in-the-moment feelings that leave the viewer experiencing genuine, honest presence from the person being photographed. I love reading the parent quotes and the photographer, Jagatjoti's, raw feedback of what he experienced while taking their portraits. If this book would have been produced and available when our daughter, Iris, was first born, as a new parent of a child with Down Syndrome experiencing a wide array of uncertainty and fear, this book would have helped ease my anxiousness and provided confidence, encouragement, and excitement for Miss Iris' future. Thank heavens Iris did that on her own! But that aside, I am happy this book is now available for the world to see we are more alike than different. Thank you for having the vision and producing this, Jagatjoti Singh Khalsa! My husband's feedback (Iris' father): `I'm Down with You' is a beautiful picture book with heartfelt and inspiring descriptions from loved ones of individuals with Down syndrome. Jagatjoti magically presents just a moment in time the love and inspiration very few get to experience throughout a lifetime, transcending the generations from new born to mature adult. The medium of black and white photography absorbs the reader and creates a connection that is easily shared. The book is truly like no other and belongs on the coffee table, book shelf, or library of any relative, friend, care giver, or professional in the education and health care industry. James Tervo Vice President, Down Syndrome Network Oregon