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Jun 08 2018

Rescue and Jessica: A life-changing friendship by Jessica Kensky and Patrick Downes

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Ill. by Scott Magoon. Candlewick Press, 2018. ISBN 9780763696047
(Age: 7+) Highly recommended. Themes: Service dogs, Disability. This book is the story of Rescue a pup who was learning to help people and Jessica who was an amputee. They were both worried about what life would be like and neither of them wanted to let anyone down.
While Rescue learned the skills to be able to help someone, Jessica was learning new ways to do things. They both have fears to overcome.
When Rescue and Jessica finally met Rescue showed Jessica all the things he was able to do, and they were together all of the time.
Rescue had a profoundly positive influence on Jessica's life and she was able to live a relatively normal life.
The illustrations in this book are clear and help to tell the very moving story.
This book is based on a true story.
I highly recommend this book.
Karen Colliver

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