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Children's LiteratureHailey enters school with enthusiasm plus. She can count, she can identify boys and girls, use simple signs, and most of all, loves to tell others, "Me, Hailey!" This book utilizes a typical kindergarten routine and classroom while showing how Hailey, a girl with Downs syndrome, fits in. The comfortable setting makes it easy for readers and listeners to understand that they can learn from and also help someone who has special needs. The author's first-hand knowledge (Hailey is her daughter) is apparent. In addition, she has successfully added humor to the pages, with a recurring search for eye glasses that Hailey misplaces. Soft, realistic watercolor illustrations depict the classroom setting and enhance the total layout of the book. Teachers in preschools and primary grades would do well to use this book to help children learn about diversity, whether or not a special needs child is enrolled in class. 2005, Jason and Nordic Publishers, and Ages 4 to 8.
—Nancy Garhan Attebury