Friday, June 12, 2009

Book Review: Hi, I'm Ben! ...And I've Got a Secret!

Hi I'm Ben...And I've Got a Secret
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?


Monica Crumley said...

It's a great book! One of my fave for children. It's great that it's real photos, too, rather than drawings. My 4 yr old really likes it. He really is more like other children than not.

Jill said...

I've read it, I own it, and I love it.

heidi marie said...

you know...something that i have not bought a lot of is books pertaining to ds. not that i don't want to. maybe because i never get to a bookstore-yikes! i need to start looking for some books like this. thanks so much for sharing and i hope you are having a fun weekend.

Tricia said...

Thanks for the suggestion. I looking for books for Adams brother and sister...this looks like a great start!