My Sister, Alicia May

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Based on the lives of two sisters, this story expresses the challenges and joys of growing up with a sibling who has special needs. In many ways, Rachel and Alicia are like any sisters, but Rachel knows her sister is very different and very special because she has Down syndrome. Though Rachel occasionally feels frustrations and resentment about having to help watch over her special sister, she most often feels love, acceptance, and pride for her. Exquisitely written with humor and compassion, this story ...

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Overview

Based on the lives of two sisters, this story expresses the challenges and joys of growing up with a sibling who has special needs. In many ways, Rachel and Alicia are like any sisters, but Rachel knows her sister is very different and very special because she has Down syndrome. Though Rachel occasionally feels frustrations and resentment about having to help watch over her special sister, she most often feels love, acceptance, and pride for her. Exquisitely written with humor and compassion, this story focuses on the sisters' relationship and their respective places in the family.

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Children's Literature - Shelly McCoy
Rachel, the older sister of Alicia May rejoices in the many things that make Alicia May special, like her being funny, having a sharp memory, and giving good hugs. Alicia May is also very special because she has Down Syndrome. This picture book draws a parallel to life as it would be for any big sister with Rachel getting annoyed at having Alicia May around sometimes and having to watch out for her as well. It also touches on some of the differences, such as encouraging Alicia May to take her breathing treatments and watching her social interactions with other children on the school bus. The beautiful illustrations bring the reader into Alicia May's life by showing clear emotions, especially love. The reader will wish to play with Alicia May. Based on a true story, this book provides insight into family life of a child with special needs and would be a good addition to a school library for siblings or classmates of those with Down syndrome. Reviewer: Shelly McCoy
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Every library should have a copy. It's one of the best picture books written for siblings of children with Down's syndrome that I've seen
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Gr 1–4—Rachel describes both the love and the frustration she feels in dealing with her sister, Alicia May, who has Down syndrome. Everything about this title is well done: the artistically rendered colorful pictures are almost photographic in their detail, and the narrative, which portrays Alicia May in positive terms, never surrenders to the usual banality of many books on the topic. Ling's book surpasses Jennifer Moore-Mallinos's My Brother Is Autistic and My Friend Has Down Syndrome (both Barron's, 2008). Recommend My Sister to children looking for a book written from the perspective of a child with a special-needs sibling.—Wendy Smith-D'Arezzo, Loyola College, Baltimore, MD
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780979203596
  • Publisher: Pleasant St. Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/2009
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 7 Years
  • Lexile: AD510L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Nancy Tupper Ling is the author of Laughter in My Tent: A Woman's Search for Family. She won the prestigious Writer's Digest Grand Prize and the Pat Parnell Poetry Award. She lives in Walpole, Massachusetts. Shennen Bersani is a well-known illustrator whose work appeared in Ocean Counting: Odd Numbers; Sharks: Big, Bigger, Biggest; and Snakes: Long, Longer, Longest. She lives in Brockton, Massachusetts.

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  • Posted October 17, 2009

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    wonderful book to facilitate better understanding of Down syndrome

    Do you have a brother or a sister who is very special to you? Rachel is the big sister of Alicia May. She remembers when Alicia May was born and the doctors had to fix her heart. Alicia May is special to Rachel for many reasons, and one is that Alicia May has Down syndrome. In some ways, Rachel knows that her sister is like any other six-year-old girl. She likes dogs and horses. She enjoys going to the zoo. Yes, there are times when Alicia May cries a lot, and some days she is so annoying that Rachel doesn't want to be around her. However, they're sisters and they love each other. Can you imagine how Rachel gets Alicia May to use her breathing machine which she doesn't like?
    A couple of families who are good friends of ours have children with Down syndrome. Author Nancy Tupper Ling has based this children's picture book on the real lives of her childhood friend's daughters, Rachel and Alicia. Illustrator Shennen Bersani, whose lovely paintings grace the pages of this heart-warming story, grew up with one younger sister, Holly, who has Down syndrome. She wrote, "When my editor asked me to illustrate this book, she had no idea of my background." My Sister, Alicia May, written with humor and compassion, will go a long way to facilitate a better understanding and appreciation of both children with Down syndrome and the varied experiences that their families face. It is a truly lovely book for both youngsters and adults.

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    "my sister alica ling" is a very well writtion bestseller but what makes it even more special is its based on the lifes of two very special sisters with special needs and the ups and downs they face and how they over came them and the remarkable joy they seem to have in their hearts whean they face the impossible because they have faced them together and overcome them together as sisters what I like most about this book is the fact that these sisters have a very special atitute even though this is a childrens book I think the arthur nancy tupper ling shows that this book is not just for children it is for adults also cause adults can learn from this book it shows that like the siters in the book if you can face your challenges with a great atitute you will overcome them and having family with you makes all the difference in the world. this book would make a great gift idea for a friend family member or church or public library

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