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Katie Can - School Library Journal Review October 2018

Katie Can - School Library Journal Review October 2018

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Part of a new series, this picture book introduces Katie, a young girl who has Down syndrome. Readers follow Katie at home, at the grocery store, and at school, where she learns to write a new word. The book deftly explores Down syndrome, explaining that “Katie has a disability” that makes it “hard for her to learn new things,” while focusing on her accomplishments and the things that make her special. Oriented toward emerging readers, the book contains simple sentences with no more than 10 words per page. The upbeat tone and child-friendly language allow the target audience to gain empathy and a greater understanding of people with disabilities, a complex topic not typically seen in early reader titles. Prereading tips, such as words to know before reading, are provided, as well as questions and prompts at the end for further exploration. The bright, cheerful illustrations complement the upbeat tone of the text. VERDICT This book capably presents the world through the eyes of a child with Down syndrome. A solid purchase for collection’s catering to emerging readers.
–School Library Journal, October 2018

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