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Number of Pages: 32
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2007
Dimensions: 8.50 X 8.50 (inches)
Availability: In Stock
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What parent hasn't urged her son or daughter not to stare or tease a child who is "different" or disabled in some way?
As Jesse's sister struggle to understand her brother--and to deal with the kids who make fun of him--families everywhere will benefit from this sensitive yet realistic story about learning to understand and befriend a child with special needs.
In time, Allie becomes weary of having to be Jesse's guardian and babysitter. She complains to her father, who listens patiently but then tells Allie that God makes all of his children for a purpose in life. The father suggests that Allie try to see the world from Jesse's point of view, that she figuratively walk a mile in his shoes. When Jesse hears this, he brings his shoes to his sister and tells her to put them on. He insists that she walk a mile in his shoes. Allie agrees, and for several hours she goes with Jesse and learns to pay attention to sounds, smells, and sights in a way she has never done before. Her brother shows Allie the value of slowing down and enjoying God's creations. In the end, Allie gains more appreciation for Jesse, and she even is able to teach him how to say her real name, instead of "Sisser".
This book is sensitive, insightful, and wise. The vocabulary is simple enough for children of young ages to comprehend and follow, and the graciousness and kindness of the message aligns it perfectly with the teachings of Jesus. The artwork by Laura Nikiel is bright and colorful, with numerous two-page spreads showing everyday scenes of neighborhoods, parks, school buses, and children running and playing. This book holds the interest of young readers while also teaching them lessons of great value. Dr. Dennis Hensley, www.christianbookpreviews.com
GinaDetroit, MIAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A very touching story.January 13, 2011GinaDetroit, MIAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Every parent should have their child read this book. I have a grandson that is mentally challenged and children at school pick on him and even his younger brother gets upset with him and says things he should not say. I bought it for my younger grandson to read so he would stop calling his brother stupid. I read it before giving it to him and I was really moved by it. There is too much bulling going on in schools these days and it needs to stop.
Sandra Berrynorth central floridaAge: 55-65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5October 15, 2007Sandra Berrynorth central floridaAge: 55-65Gender: femaleGreat to have for all elementary age children. Excellent to teach children not to stare or make fun of, but to permit the special child to join in when able. This sensitive and yet very realistic story teaches children to understand and befriend a special needs child. This great also for anyone in the Pediatric field who works with special needs children, brings a tear to the eye. There are other types of special needs children this only hit the "icing on the cake" and sure could use more stories like these for the other children.
Trish Berg5 Stars Out Of 5October 8, 2007Trish BergThis story is timeless. It is told in a way only Lewis can tell, and has such a powerful message for our children - and for us.In a fast paced world where nobody has time for "different," these children learn that sometimes different is good, and can bless you beyond your dreams.As a mother of 4 children all under 12, I plan on reading In Jesse's Shoes to my children again and again. And I plan on spending some time talking to them about kindness, compassion, and acceptance. About walking in someone elses shoes before you judge or mock them.Sometimes the BEST surprises come in the most unlikely packages. Like finding a great book in a brown box at the post office, or discovering love and compassion in a brother with special needs. Trish BergAuthor, Book Reviewer