We'll Paint the Octopus Red

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As six-year-old Emma anticipates the birth of her new baby brother or sister, she vividly imagines all of the things they can do together. They'll go to Grandpa's farm to feed the calves, ride in the back of the mini-van making faces at the cars that go by, fly on airplanes, and someday, they'll even go to Africa on a safari to see elephants and rhinos. And she can't wait to go to the art festival and show the baby how to paint a picture with a rubber octopus. Emma feels ready ...
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Overview

As six-year-old Emma anticipates the birth of her new baby brother or sister, she vividly imagines all of the things they can do together. They'll go to Grandpa's farm to feed the calves, ride in the back of the mini-van making faces at the cars that go by, fly on airplanes, and someday, they'll even go to Africa on a safari to see elephants and rhinos. And she can't wait to go to the art festival and show the baby how to paint a picture with a rubber octopus. Emma feels ready to be a big sister!

Then when the baby is born, her dad tells her that it's a boy named Isaac, and he has something called Down syndrome. As her dad shares this news, Emma senses his concern and wonders if Isaac will be able to go on all those adventures after all. While they talk, they come to the conclusion that he will certainly be able to do everything she's imagined. Finally she asks, "If Isaac has this Down thing, then what can't he do?" Her dad thinks about it, then tells her that as long as they are patient with him, and help him when he needs it, there probably isn't anything Isaac can't do.

In this touching story, Emma helps her father as much as he helps her to realize that Isaac is the baby they dreamed of. The book concludes with a set of commonly asked questions about Down syndrome with answers for children and how it might affect their sibling and family. The wonderful color illustrations help make We'll Paint the Octopus Red a beautiful, reassuring book for siblings of children with Down syndrome that's sure to become a family favorite.

Emma and her father discuss what they will do when the new baby arrives, but they adjust their expectations when he is born with Down syndrome.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781890627065
  • Publisher: Woodbine House
  • Publication date: 1/28/1998
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 1
  • Sales rank: 215,699
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.80 (w) x 8.78 (h) x 0.30 (d)

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  • Posted March 20, 2014

    Great book about Down Syndrome has a great way of answering ques

    Great book about Down Syndrome has a great way of answering questions and communicating them

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  • Posted November 14, 2008

    We'll Paint the Octopus Red

    This book is a very good book to read to children whose parents' are having/had a baby with Down syndrome. It talks about the feelings a child may have when they find out they are going to have a new brother or sister. It helps get a child excited about a new baby sister or brother with Down syndrome. It also shows readers all of the things a baby with Down syndrome can still do. In addition, the back of the book has a great question and answer section about Down syndrome.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2001

    A must have for an inclusion classroom teacher!

    This book is great, it has a wonderful section in the back where there are common questions about Down's Syndrome asked by children and gives some wonderful answers. The story in itself is touching and holds children's attention. A fabulous method of introducing the idea to children that there are some people who have different needs and talents, but that they are still members of society and can do (for the most part) what other children can do. There is also a glossary section to the book and the illustrations are fabulous. A great discussion starter, my students were so interested. Another method of introducing diversity to students as well.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2000

    A MUST READ FOR A FAMILY WITH A DOWN SYNDROME CHILD

    WE'LL PAINT THE OCTOPUS RED WAS AN EXCEPTIONAL BOOK. PARENTS EXPECTING OR WHO HAVE HAD A CHILD WITH DOWN SYNDROME SHOULD READ PURCHASE THIS BOOK. IT REVEALS TO PARENTS THAT THEIR CHILD/SIBLING IS PART OF THEM AND IS A CHILD AND A MEMBER OF THEIR FAMILY.

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