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on 29 May 2014
If you are looking for a book that will get down and dirty about the challenges that families or siblings might face when welcoming a child with special needs into their family, then this is not the book for you. This book is innocence personified as it is written (primarily) by the older sister of a little girl who was born with Down's Syndrome. What you have as a result is all the adult pretensions stripped away, and just an open, personal and honest view from a loving sibling who sees her little sister for what she is... a funny (occasionally annoying) little sister.

Mia is obviously very mature for her age, this is apparent both from her ability to write, but also her positive outlook on life. Because of this I would say that it wouldn't necessarily be a book that I would recommend if you are looking for something to explain Down's Syndome to a very young child. That said the beautiful pictures and gorgeous artwork would no doubt delight anyone of any age, and I couldn't think of anything more positive for a child to have on their bookshelf to remind them that whilst families come in all shapes and sizes the things that matter the most are normally the same.

I think that it would be the perfect book for a school aged child and above who had become or was about to become a sibling of a special needs child. I can see it being a really positive starting point to explore what it is to be a big brother or sister and what the child can expect. It would equally be perfectly suited for parents expecting another child who find themselves questioning whether or not they are about to ruin their first child's life!

You cannot fail to be touched by the love that is written into every page of this gorgeous book. If you are looking for something that will make you smile, feel warm and fuzzy inside and remind you what a sibling bond is really about, disability or not, then you cannot go wrong with this book.
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on 27 May 2014
A truly inspirational read. A childs view on the love of her little sister born with Downs Syndrome and how she felt at the time of the birth, with everything that was going on with everyone around her. Love the bit where she says her little sister is really annoying, no difference there then with any little sister. This book is written with Love and care.
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on 22 January 2017
This book is a wonderful insight into a 9 year old sibling's view on having a sister with Down's Syndrome, and is such an eye opener. It's just such a lovely and frank read and leaves you with such a lovely positive feeling. Thank you so much for writing this - I wish I'd discovered it earlier! x
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on 26 May 2016
A beautiful colourful book of photos and memories designed to help a child understand what it's like to live with a sibling who is different.
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on 16 September 2016
Fab wee book for children it's from a siblings take of a younger sibling being born with DS.
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on 8 April 2016
When things get overwhelming it is always so helpful to strip things back and what better way than through the clear and uncluttered view of a sibling. There are also lovely illustrations and montages. I love this book and think it is useful for everyone that needs or wants to connect to the lives of children that have Down Syndrome as part of it.
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on 19 May 2014
Not only is this book full of wonderfully useful and positive information, it is also an inspiring read that is beautifully presented. A lovely read for siblings, cousins, and friends of the family.
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on 19 May 2014
A beautifully put together collection of words from an important member of the family, a thought provoking and important view point. Thank you for letting us into your family and helping to open our eyes and hearts. Wonderful!
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on 11 June 2014
A fantastic and uplifting book! When our son was born with DS in 2012, one of my main worries was how his big brother would deal with it. Two years on he's the best big brother in the world but I wish I could have read this book back then to help get rid of my fears!
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on 1 February 2015
Fantastic book. I have a son who has Down syndrome & I've sent this book into school with him for his teacher to share with his class
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