Top positive review
Every classroom and library should have (multiple copies) of Rescue and Jessica!!!!
Reviewed in the United States on April 3, 2018
As the head of the Cotting School in Lexington MA, we have placed a copy of this extraordinary book, in every classroom in our school. Written for children, "Rescue and Jessica: A Life-Changing Friendship", like all GREAT children's books, offers powerful and timeless messages for BOTH children AND adults.
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.