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Children's LiteratureCharlie and Isabelle are friends who are the same age but are different in many ways. One is tall and the other is short, one carries a kitty and the other a doll, but they love to play together. They paint, they dance to Stevie Wonder records, and they both cry when they forget to share. These two preschoolers are just like all other preschoolers except for one notable difference. Isabelle is Down syndrome child. My Friend Isabelle is an important story to share with children as a way to acquaint them with children with Down syndrome. Often children assume that Down Syndrome children are not the same as them and in many ways they are. While it is certainly true that they are different in some ways, they are not to be feared or thought little of. They are curious, playful, and loving children and presenting them in this way to other children is a very positive step that can lead to greater understanding of Down syndrome children. Exploring differences, whether it is cultural or psychological, in books helps children accept those differences. This book is perfect for building awareness and acceptance of Down syndrome. 2003, Woodbine House, Ages 2 to 6.
— Joan Kindig, Ph.D.