This is a story about a young boy named Jack, and the feelings he's had about his little sister Holly, who has special needs. Jack sometimes feels sad because he wants his mom or dad to play with him and his Mega Power People, or take him to his favorite restaurant, "Syd's", but they are busy taking Holly to therapy or doctor appointments. Jack begins to understand that his parents do try to make sure he knows he's important and loved, and begins to believe, just like his mom, that one day Holly will be able to do anything she wants!...
|Product dimensions:||8.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.08(d)|
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My Holly is such a welcome and heart-felt book in a culture woefully lacking in enough diverse books especially about and for children with special needs. It is tough for them and their peers, siblings, parents, and caregivers to not have books that reflect them, who they are, and how they live their lives. This sweet book looks at three year old Holly who was disabled with a stroke as an infant. Her older brother Jack learns to adjust his life around Holly’s needs. He finds brotherly love for her in understanding her, and more importantly in being allowed to express his own deep feelings. The illustrations by author Julie Leavitt Wolfe are charming and they reach into the heart of the story with their spontaneous child-like simplicity. Simplicity in illustrations takes lots of skill and artistic endeavor. It would be marvelous to see this book in the libraries not only of families with special needs children, but also in all schools, particularly inclusion and special education classes, public libraries, pediatric offices, and therapy centers. My Holly is recommended for ages 4 -8, and for read-aloud 2 years and older.