We'll Paint the Octopus Red

We'll Paint the Octopus Red

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781890627065
Publisher: Woodbine House
Publication date: 01/28/1998
Edition description: 1 ED
Pages: 1
Sales rank: 138,601
Product dimensions: 10.80(w) x 8.78(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

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We'll Paint the Octopus Red 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
kaelirenee on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A little girl eagerly anticipates the birth of her little sister and she pictures all the things they will do together. When her sister is born with Downs Syndrome, she must realize that they won't be able to do all of those things, but there are still fun things they can do together and be loving siblings.This is a very positive book that is excellent for a child with a special need-learning to love your sibling no matter what and finding things to do with her has to be one of the hardest parts for any big sister, and this book lovingly shows how to do that. Excellent for read aloud and early readers, up through about 3rd grade.
LibTec More than 1 year ago
Great book about Down Syndrome has a great way of answering questions and communicating them
Faiths_Mommy More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.