I Know Someone with Down Syndromeby Vic Parker
This book introduces readers to what Down Syndrome is, how it affects people, and what they can do to be a good friend to someone living with Down Syndrome.
Children's Literature - Jean BoreenThis text is part of a series specifically focused on introducing young readers to health issues commonly faced in our world today. This particular text, with its focus on Down Syndrome, contains twelve chapters that begin with a general introduction to the medical condition and how it may impact human development, how it may look from a mild impact to the more serious implications of Down's, how it is triggered, and who may get Down Syndrome. The book then moves into a consideration of how people live with the disease in terms of education, extracurricular activities, interactions with others, and common health problems for those who have this condition. There are also sections addressing how to be a supportive friend to someone who has Down Syndrome. The final narrative section focuses on two people that have the diseasein this case, television actor Luke Zimmerman, who stars in the television show The Secret Life of the American Teenager, and Karen Gaffney, a successful long-distance swimmer who has also studied at the collegiate level to be a teaching assistant. A "Down Syndrome: Facts and Fiction" section comes at the end of the text. Well-chosen photos throughout the text help to illustrate aspects of life with the condition and clearly show how people living with Down Syndrome are successful in their lives and relationships. The glossary and "Find Out More" sections at the end provide additional resources for those who would like more about this condition. This book and the series in general attempt to provide a broad informational baseline for young readers, and are successful in doing so. Reviewer: Jean Boreen, Ph.D.
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