Friday, August 21, 2009

Book Review: Common Threads - Celebrating Life with Down Syndrome

Common Threads - Celebrating Life with Down SyndromeCompiled and written by Cynthia S. Kidder and Brian Skotko.

The title says it all.

A beautiful book of inspiring essays and snippets of experiences with and about individuals with Down syndrome. Each story is well-written and guaranteed to deeply touch your heart and soul. The photography by Kendra Dew is simply outstanding. Each photo in the book beautifully captures the emotions of its subjects, leaving me in awe at every page turn.

Little tidbits of interesting information gathered through Band of Angels press surveys are interspersed throughout the book. Here are some excerpts of the surveys:
"1 out of every 5 children with Down syndrome plays a musical instrument. For children older than 10, that number doubles."

"Approximately 7 out of 10 individuals with Down syndrome imitate characters from a television program or movie."

"2 out of every 3 individuals with Down syndrome older than 10 prepare their own breakfast each morning."

"One out of every 5 adults with Down syndrome (18 years or older) lives on his or her own."

This book a must-read, must-have for families who love someone with Down syndrome. I had ours on our coffee table when Matthew was a baby as I thought it was a perfect coffee table book...until Matthew started cruising. He inadvertently tore part of the cover. The book is now safe on my bookshelf. I think it will find it's way back to the coffee table when Matthew is much older.

Have you read it? What do you think?


Rochelle said...

So true, so true. We love this book. It was a gift to us when we had Alayna and I cherish it! It is a must have for your coffee table. It has been a great talking point for people who have come into our home and aren't familiar with down syndrome yet. (great advice ~ we will definitely put ours out of reach when Alayna starts walking. Thanks

Debbie said...

Hey Ria!!!

Definitely looks like a great read....must get it!

Well, I made it thru my first full week.....I'm tired and don't have much of a voice, but it was a good week!!!

Cheryl said...

I'm glad you posted this.I have seen this book online several times and wondered if it was worth the price.Maybe now I will order it.

To Love Endlessly said...

This is an excellent book! I've read through it a couple times now just when I need to be encouraged. :-)

Leslie said...

I'm not familiar with this book, but it sounds like one I would enjoy. I'm going to go add it to my amazon basket right now. Thanks for sharing about it!