Thursday, October 25, 2018

Rescue & Jessica: A Life-Changing Friendship, by Jessica Kensky and Patrick Downes

This book is based on the true story of Jessica Kensky, the book's author, who was injured in the Boston Marathon bombing and ended up losing both her legs.  The book does not discuss the bombing or initial injury (aside from in an author's note in the back), but does an amazing job of keeping this age appropriate yet pushing children to understand what it may be like to suffer such an injury.  Plus (at least in our family), books are about ten times more interesting when they are based on true stories and we've spent a lot of time examining a photo in the back of Jessica Kensky with her REAL LIFE DOG RESCUE!

What's best though, is that this is an engaging story.  Told alternatingly from Rescue and Jessica's point of view, it describes Rescue's training and relationship with Jessica and Jessica's rehabilitation and emotional struggle.  My son (newly 5, but we've been reading it for awhile) and I are entranced by this book and both recommend it highly!

BUY HERE (or request at your local library!)

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