Friday, June 12, 2009
I never tire of inspirational books, including children's books. This book, authored by Julie A. Bouwkamp, does not disappoint. While the target readers are siblings, cousins, classmates, and young friends of the child with Down syndrome, adults will delight in reading this book too. I certainly appreciated the awesome message captured through its simplicity and colorful images.
It is written from the point of view of a young child, Ben, who has Down syndrome. He starts by introducing himself and asking if you can guess his secret. He proceeds to provide clues, talking about the highlights in his life (like celebrating his 3rd birthday and going to the beach) and lowlights (time-out in the corner for being naughty), all of which many young readers without Down syndrome can easily relate to. Ben shares his secret towards the end of the book with an explanation of what it means. I find the encouragement to be friends at the end of the book very heartwarming.
Have you read it? What do you think?