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We'll Paint the Octopus Red Hardcover – Illustrated, January 1, 1998
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Lisa Gangemi Krapp, Sousa Elementary School, Port Washington, NY
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.
- Publisher : Woodbine House; 1st edition (January 1, 1998)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 25 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1890627062
- ISBN-13 : 978-1890627065
- Reading age : 5 - 8 years
- Item Weight : 12 ounces
- Dimensions : 10.8 x 0.3 x 8.78 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #261,382 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The first time I read this with my kids I barely made it through without crying. It is such a sweet and simple story of a siblings love and the fact that even though her baby brother isn't what she expected she is still his big sister and will love him anyway. It still makes me tear up a little every time I read it. It may have been a little over my daughter's head ( My Friend Isabelle was much better for a 3 y/o) but I think it really helped my older son to understand what we had been talking about since his baby brother was born. It also has 10 question and answer paragraphs at the back of the book if you/your kids want to learn a little more about down syndrome.
Others have complained about the illustrations and their inconsistencies but I honestly never noticed and my kids never mentioned anything either. If I ever have a friend, family member, or even brief acquaintance who has a child born with down syndrome I would buy this book for them in a heartbeat!
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I was really excited to show it to my older son. (7 at the time.) After the first page he refused to look at it any more; which was really disappointing. I am holding onto it and may give it another go at a later date. I still love the book and I know it has been really helpful for a lot of people; but it just didn't work out for us.