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Our Brother Has Down's Syndrome Library Binding – March 1, 1988


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Library Binding: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Annick Press; Library edition edition (March 1, 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0920303307
  • ISBN-13: 978-0920303306
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 8.2 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,936,583 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 1-3 Tara and Jasmine tell about their little brother Jai, who has Down's Syndrome. The text stresses the ways in which he is like all children, although he needs extra help to walk, use a spoon, stack blocks, etc. The color photographs show an engaging little boy going about his daily activities, often with other family members. The pictures are well placed to complement the text. Unfortunately, the text is so brief that it does not give a clear idea of what Down's Syndrome is or how it affects family life. The problems are skipped over with "sometimes he's fun and sometimes he's not." Harriet Sobol's My Brother Steven Is Retarded (Macmillan, 1977) and Joe Lasker's He's My Brother (Albert Whitman, 1974) both give less relentlessly upbeat pictures of family life with a retarded child. Li Stark, North Castle Public Library, Armonk, N . Y.
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Using this story... teachers can address the important role people can play in the life of a child with special needs. (Science and Children 2003-12-15)

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 29, 2000
Format: Library Binding
My daughter loves the pictures of little Jai, but the text is too detailed for young readers on one page, appropriate on all the others. My biggest concern is the line "there is nothing we can do to make Down syndrome go away" -- which teaches siblings the assumption that it should. My son has Down syndrome and I wouldn't change him for anything, nor do I want his sisters to think that we would prefer him to be someone else.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. Stacy on June 22, 2013
Format: Paperback
My older brother has Down Syndrome and the late '70s/early '80s were a cultural shift in which people started actually bringing their disabled children home and not institutionalizing them. So, our family dealt with a heck of a lot of ignorance and I'll leave it at that. (Frankly, some things are better now and a lot still aren't.) Because my brother was older, I was aware, he was different, but it was difficult to understand why. This book does an excellent job explaining exactly what Down Syndrome is and what it means. I disagree with the statement that one page is too difficult for children. I remember my mom reading it to me at age three or four and it helped things make more sense. Yes, it talks about chromosomes and genetics, but frankly, you can't get around an honest conversation of what DS is without discussing those things and this is the sort of book that ought to be accompanied by a conversation. My mom just explained that chromosomes are what make you, you, and that's a pretty good explanation for a child. I was probably the only four-year-old I knew who knew that word and had a sense of what it meant.

But I remember reading this book over and over again as a kid. It made my family seem more normal that there were other families like ours out there. I appreciate and highly recommend this book, especially to families with non-disabled siblings.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Crystal on June 25, 2012
Format: Paperback
I think this book does a nice job coming from the perspective of two children/teens. They explain what it's like having a brother with Down's syndrome and even explain how it happens. They show the differences and the many similarities between themselves and their brother.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Hall on October 1, 2005
Format: Paperback
This is a wonderful book told from a kid's perspective! Great! We have 2 kids with Down syndrome, so this subject is very dear to our hearts. It even discusses the use or misuse of the word retarded. Loved it!
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By Jennifer S. Rosello on November 9, 2006
Format: Paperback
An outpouring of beautiful emotions even for a very short read! With great pictures that capture true love, patience and understanding.
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