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In Jesse's Shoes

Bethany House / 2007 / Hardcover

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As a parent, you hope your child will be sensitive to those with special needs or disabilities, but that's not always the case. Author Beverly Lewis-herself the adoptive mother of children with disabilities-and illustrator Laura Nikiel have created a sensitive, realistic story that you can share with your child to help them understand that a physical or mental "disability," while making someone different, doesn't mean they are unworthy of friendship and respect.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 32
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2007
Dimensions: 8.50 X 8.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0764203134
ISBN-13: 9780764203138
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Ages: 4-9

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Publisher's Description

An Important Picture Book From Beverly Lewis

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.

Author Bio

Beverly Lewis, born in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch country, has more than 17 million books in print. Her stories have been published in twelve languages and have regularly appeared on numerous bestseller lists, including the New York Times and USA Today. Beverly and her husband, David, live in Colorado, where they enjoy hiking, biking, making music, and spending time with their family. Learn more at www.beverlylewis.com.

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Acclaimed novelist Beverly Lewis is a mom of several adopted special needs children, and in her children's picture book In Jesse's Shoes, she helps other youngsters understand how to appreciate and interact with mentally challenged boys and girls. The book is narrated by Allie, Jesse's sister, whom he calls "Sisser." It is Allie's responsibility to look out for Jesse, making sure that he gets to the bus on time, isn't teased by other children, has his lunch and school supplies with him, and then gets back home safely each evening. This is not easy, however, for Jesse constantly doddles on the way to school, getting distracted by the call of a bird, or the smell of a flower, or the fun of watching a bug crawl across a leaf. Although tall and healthy and handsome, Jesse cannot speak in coherent sentences, nor stay focused on tasks for very long, nor make new friends among the kids on his block or at his bus stop.

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

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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    In Jess's Shoes
    February 9, 2016
    Kris
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I have read most of Beverly Lewis's books, so I'm looking forward to reading this with my granddaughter. Blessings
  2. Detroit, MI
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A very touching story.
    January 13, 2011
    Gina
    Detroit, MI
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Every 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.
  3. north central florida
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    October 15, 2007
    Sandra Berry
    north central florida
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Great 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.
  4. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    October 8, 2007
    Trish Berg
    This 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
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