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You cannot fail to fall in love with this book
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.