Let's Talk About It - My Friend Has Down's Syndrom

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The sensitively written Let's Talk About It Books encourage preschool-age and early-grades children to explore their feelings, deal with problems that trouble them, and understand others who have problems of their own. Each title speaks to a particular concern that children might encounter in the course of growing up. All books in this series have appealing color illustrations on every page, and are available in both English and Spanish language editions. A short section at the back of each book offers related ...
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Overview


The sensitively written Let's Talk About It Books encourage preschool-age and early-grades children to explore their feelings, deal with problems that trouble them, and understand others who have problems of their own. Each title speaks to a particular concern that children might encounter in the course of growing up. All books in this series have appealing color illustrations on every page, and are available in both English and Spanish language editions. A short section at the back of each book offers related advice to parents. My Friend Has Down Syndrome explores this common chromosomal condition from a child's perspective. Younger children may be confused and have many questions when they encounter kids who have Down syndrome. Here, in this reassuring story, two children, one with Down syndrome and one without, learn that they are both good at different things and that by helping each other overcome their fears and difficulties they can accomplish a great deal together.
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"the pictures and scenarios are appropriate for primary-grade children"

—Wendy Smith D'Arezzo, School Library Journal, June 2009

School Library Journal

Gr 1-3

In Brother , a boy is embarrassed by his sibling's behavior at school. Luckily Billy's brother has a thoughtful teacher who takes the time to educate her students about what it means to have autism, its typical behaviors, and why Billy got upset. When introduced by a caring and knowledgeable adult, this text will be useful. Friend introduces an unnamed camper who gets to know Tammy, a child with Down syndrome. While the girl's narrative is generally engaging, some parts are patronizing and employ stereotypes, and the story does not make clear that Down syndrome has a wide range of manifestations. For example, the camp counselor asks the narrator to be a special friend to Tammy, who is arriving a week after everyone else. She explains that Tammy will be slow and will need extra assistance, especially with the talent show, without knowing anything about her. It turns out that Tammy is outgoing and able to participate in the show but needs help with sports activities. In both books, the pictures and scenarios are appropriate for primary-grade children, but the texts are written at a slightly higher level. Notes to parents emphasize the need to help siblings of children who are autistic (Brother ), and explain that it is often difficult to predict how much a person with Down syndrome can achieve (Friend ).-Wendy Smith-D'Arezzo, Loyola College, Baltimore, MD

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764140761
  • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/1/2008
  • Series: Let's Talk About It Series
  • Pages: 31
  • Sales rank: 609,574
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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  • Posted February 20, 2010

    Disabilities: help children understand siblings & friends with special needs

    Helpful tool with siblings, friends and neighbors of children with Down Syndrome. Geared towards elementary-school age. Older sibs and parents can read to younger sibs. Helps de-mystify Down Syndrome. Good partner book to Our Brother has Down Syndrome. Beautiful, captivating illustrations that hold children's attention.

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  • Posted September 26, 2009

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    This book is great for showing acceptance of differences!

    I bought this book and another to help make the transition of my new student with Down Syndrom more smoothly with his peers. The book is colorful, easy to understand and helps show that differences can be a good thing, especially among friends. I really enjoyed this book, as did my students as well as the staff I work with.

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