This is my review of SJ Childs book Jack The Dog: A Book About Downs Syndrome. You can check out the book on Amazon here. Would you like me to write a review of your next book and/or product for my website to promote to our 150,000 monthly readers? Contact me here for more details!

“Being kind is what matters, this my friend is true.” – SJ Childs

What an interesting children’s book! SJ brings Down Syndrome to the spotlight with Jack, a dog with Down Syndrome. In the story you get to see into Jack’s life with his family, at a ‘puppy school’ and trying to interact and engage with the world around him.

It’s important that we spotlight this topic as it’s been indicated that 1 in 1,000 to 1 in 1,100 people worldwide have Down Syndrome based on statistics from the World Health Organization.

Through our video series at A Special Community we’ve highlighted several individuals with Down Syndrome to give them a platform to share their stories with the world. It’s a big reason why our passion for Down Syndrome awareness and acceptance has risen. This includes feature individuals such as John from John’s Crazy Socks who now operations a multi-million dollar sock company.

These were some of the highlights of the book that would make me recommend that you give it a read…

  • Information on Down Syndrome: The book does a very nice job of not only telling an entertaining story but also defining some of the most common terms in the Down Syndrome world. A breakdown of this is something I wish more authors would do when writing books (even children could use an education on this topic)
  • The importance of embracing differences: “Every person is unique” is a main theme from the book that stood out to me and it’s a constant theme we need to encourage in our schools. This book does a wonderful job of spotlighting that through different events that take place.
  • How bullying can have an impact: 1 in 5 students are bullied today and those with disabilities are twice as likely to be bullied compared to their non-disabled peers. Jack being bullied for having Down Syndrome is something I similarly faced growing up with autism. Some children’s books only stress positive events unfortunately not showing the full experience some of our kids face. I applaud SJ for this authentic look.

I’d recommend this book without reservations and hope you will give it a look!

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