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Rescue and Jessica: A Life-Changing Friendship Kindle Edition
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About the Author
Jessica Kensky and Patrick Downes are a married couple who were both injured during the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013. Jessicas service dog, Rescue, joined their family in 2014.--This text refers to the audioCD edition.
From School Library Journal
- ASIN : B07C3K2T31
- Publisher : Candlewick Press; Illustrated edition (April 12, 2018)
- Publication date : April 12, 2018
- Language : English
- File size : 57102 KB
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- Print length : 32 pages
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- Best Sellers Rank: #124,596 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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In this case, through the eyes and hard work of Jessica, and the beautiful face and tail-wagging of Rescue, we share in their values of hope, resilience, friendship and love.
As a school that works with children with special needs, "Rescue and Jessica" is a story of all we value and work for at Cotting School. Yet, this story is particularly powerful for typically developing children, who might, for the first time, be introduced to someone with a disability.
From my experience, too often in our society, we see children and adults with disabilities as "the other." Patrick Downes and Jessica Kensky's book, coupled with Scott Magoon's powerful illustrations, narrows that space, removing the "us and them" barrier.
Yes, sometimes, the unexpected in life brings us closer together and gives us deeper appreciation for the strengths in others, as well as, the minor and major miracles that happen every day.
Thanks, Jessica, Patrick and Rescue for sharing your personal and powerful special story with us.
Jessica and Rescue form an immediate bond and have a strong symbiotic relationship. Rescue helps Jessica regain the abilities she lost from her disability, and Jessica helps to fulfill Rescue’s role as a service dog.
This book is very highly recommended and appropriate for younger children and has many important themes: a girl can surmount her disabilities, the special relationship and love between girl and dog, the power of resilience and the will (with Rescue’s help in this story) that humans have to prevail over dire circumstances.
The story is based in part on the actual injuries the author Jessica Kensky suffered from the Boston Marathon bombings and her recovery from the resultant double amputation with great assistance from her black Lab service dog named Rescue.
Highly, highly, recommend this book to families! Not just for its diversity and positive message, but because it's such a fantastic book all on its own.
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- anyone who lives in greater Boston (strong)
- anyone who knows anyone in greater Boston
- anyone who runs
- anyone who knows a child that asks good questions
- anyone that wants to take the "Rescue challenge"
(The "Rescue challenge" is trying to get through the book without a tear in your eye or at least a lump in your throat. Good luck with that.)