Patrick's Wish

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A true story. Fun-loving Patrick was always on the go. He played the piano and loved to toboggan, skate and ski. So his younger sister barely noticed that he needed daily shots because of his hemophilia. She also didn't know Patrick had a secret. Because of a tainted blood transfusion, he was HIV positive. Nobody but their parents knew. So Patrick continued his life of laughter, friendship and accomplishment, winning trophies and awards for everything he tried. When he developed full-blown AIDS, Patrick decided ...

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Overview

A true story. Fun-loving Patrick was always on the go. He played the piano and loved to toboggan, skate and ski. So his younger sister barely noticed that he needed daily shots because of his hemophilia. She also didn't know Patrick had a secret. Because of a tainted blood transfusion, he was HIV positive. Nobody but their parents knew. So Patrick continued his life of laughter, friendship and accomplishment, winning trophies and awards for everything he tried. When he developed full-blown AIDS, Patrick decided to go public so that others would realize that HIV and AIDS are preventable. Patrick's Wish, a picturebook of photographs and text, tells the compelling story of this boy who embraced life and laughter until his last day. His wish to fight HIV and AIDS through education is inspiring young people today. Patrick had one wish: to raise awareness and find a cure. This compelling story of his life is aimed at making his wish come true.

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"Patrick's Wish is an example of a great book that matters...An attractive, well designed, colourful and informative book...The narration although simple, emphasizes how people with an illness are just like anyone else...Gives factual information about HIV/AIDS, and dispels many myths. This book is highly recommended for both school and public libraries."
Children's Literature - RevaBeth Russell
When the book is about a young boy and HIV you know it will be sad, but this is also a book of secrets, wishes, and hope. The story is about Lyanne and her older brother, Patrick. Patrick has hemophilia. Lyanne explains what hemophilia is in words most children can understand. Patrick is described as an adventurous, happy, and loving boy. He has a zest for life. Lyanne knows that viruses like the flu or cold make you sick,, but doesn't understand, at first, that Patrick will never recover from the virus called HIV and will eventually die. There is an illustration of HIV, but the book states that this is what it "looks like under the microscope." Nope, it is not so clean and identifiable as the illustration depicts. Patrick had kept the HIV secret from Lyanne and most people, but near the end of his life he decides to tell people. Most people are accepting, but some are afraid and pulled away. Early death is sad, but so is losing friends in this way. Patrick's story is one of a strong young man who teaches others as well as his sister. His story continues after his death as the crusade of sharing the hope that there will be no more HIV or AIDS. The photographs are fun and everyone can relate to them. The end of the book has good information about HIV and AIDS for any young student researching or studying the subject. Reviewer: RevaBeth Russell
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781897187708
  • Publisher: Second Story Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2010
  • Pages: 24
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: AD600L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Rebecca Upjohn has worked herding sheep, photographing buildings, selling books, releasing trees and producing a short film. She and her husband live with their two teenage sons and a dog in Toronto. Rebecca's first book, Lily and the Paper Man (Second Story Press), was published in 2007. Visit www.rebeccaupjohn.com for more information.
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