Our Brother Has Down's Syndrome

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A ". . . fine book to introduce physical and mental handicaps" (Canadian Materials). "This warm family story, lighted by color photos of Jai's busy, happy life, should be an inspiration to any reader".--Emergency Librarian. Full color.
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Overview

A ". . . fine book to introduce physical and mental handicaps" (Canadian Materials). "This warm family story, lighted by color photos of Jai's busy, happy life, should be an inspiration to any reader".--Emergency Librarian. Full color.
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School Library Journal
Gr 1-3 Tara and Jasmine tell about their little brother Jai, who has Down's Syndrome. The text stresses the ways in which he is like all children, although he needs extra help to walk, use a spoon, stack blocks, etc. The color photographs show an engaging little boy going about his daily activities, often with other family members. The pictures are well placed to complement the text. Unfortunately, the text is so brief that it does not give a clear idea of what Down's Syndrome is or how it affects family life. The problems are skipped over with ``sometimes he's fun and sometimes he's not.'' Harriet Sobol's My Brother Steven Is Retarded (Macmillan, 1977) and Joe Lasker's He's My Brother (Albert Whitman, 1974) both give less relentlessly upbeat pictures of family life with a retarded child. Li Stark, North Castle Public Library, Armonk, N . Y.
Science and Children
Using this story... teachers can address the important role people can play in the life of a child with special needs.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780920303313
  • Publisher: Annick Press, Limited
  • Publication date: 3/1/1988
  • Pages: 24
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: AD860L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.12 (d)

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Sisters Tara and Jasmine wrote about their baby brother Jai with help from their mother, Shelley.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2008

    Honest account written from the perspective of young siblings

    I am the mother of a lovely 4 year old with DS and a 2 year old without DS. I think that this book addresses a lot of the concerns of siblings honestly. I am saving it for when my daughter is older to give her a venue to be able to discuss all of her thoughts about the subject with me. A note on the previous reviews, the book is written in Canadian English from the perspective of children, and should be read that way. The correct terminolgy in British English is still Down's Syndrome, in American English, it is Down Syndrome. In any English, I don't have the desire or energy to get offended by an apostrophe-s, or if the child or the disablity was identified first. I am offended by persons with DS being degraded, teased or intentionally hurt. I am not offended by honest attempts to help persons with DS, unknowingly using politically incorrect language, or the language of another culture. The intentions of this book are very good, and I would recommend reading it in that light. The politically correct rules change daily, and are very daunting. This is a very important topic, and I think that people should be open to discussion as long as everyone is trying to play nice.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2009

    Our Brother Has Down's Syndrome: An Introduction for Children

    As an older sister of a now middle-aged man who has Down's Syndrome, I loved this book and found it to be an excellent way to open discussion with my young children, to help them understand why and how their dearly loved uncle is different.
    Text is clear and simple, and photos are lovely depictions of family life children can relate to.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2008

    Identify the CHILD first, NOT the disability...

    As a parent of a child who has Down syndrome and Autism Spectrum Disorder, I speak for our family as well as many others that I know personally. Although a lot of the general public probably doesn't realize it, naming the 'challenge' or 'condition' before the person is really very insensitive. To see this inappropriate phrasing being sold in print is very disheartening. When people say things like, 'I met a Down's kid today,' or 'We have a new autistic boy in our neighborhood,' they are putting more importance on the challenge than the person. Even to say a child IS autistic instead of saying the child HAS autism, identifies the child AS the challenging condition. This is as unacceptable as if they said, 'I met a bald man today,' or 'We have a new amputee in our neighborhood.' Personally, I don't even like to use the word 'disabled,' because it sounds like the person is NOT ABLE to do anything. Instead, we use a term that 'I think' Toys-R-Us might have come up with first for a specific catalog they distribute. The term we prefer to use with our child is 'DIFFERENTLY-abled.' It's not that my child can't do anything. She does many things, some even better than a few of her classmates 'reading, following directions, using manners, etc.'. She's just differently-abled in some areas. This publisher needs better proofreaders, in my opinion.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2006

    Terminology a problem

    The correct terminology for this birth defect is Down syndrome. I am disappointed to see writers and publishers continue to use incorrect terminology.

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