Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Meet Annie & the Wobble Penguin Winners

Thank you to everyone who entered in the drawings and shared them on FB with friends.


The winner of the Meet Annie book was Twilson9608 and Stacy and Mike won the Go Baby Go! Bat and Wobble Penguin. If you will email dsmama your contact information, we will get your gifts out in the mail ASAP.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Book Review and Giveaway—"Meet Annie"

Lisa Morguess who blogs over at Life as I Know It also has another blog titled, Turn the Page where she exclusively writes book reviews. She is an excellent and fair reviewer so I was pleased that she agreed to write a review of Meet Annie by Heather J. Scharlau-Hollis.


In this short and sweet book aimed at young children, we meet Annie who is just like you and me in all the ways that count to little kids: she likes to play with her toys, she likes to splash around in her swimming pool, and she sometimes gets in trouble. But Annie is also a little bit different - she has Down syndrome. Although the book doesn't explain what Down syndrome is, it touches on the fact that Annie looks a little bit different and learns a little bit differently, and that everyone is a little bit different in their own way, and those differences make us who we are. My favorite aspect of the book is how the author invites and encourages its audience to identity with Annie by asking a question at the end of each page:

"Sometimes my zipper doesn't zip right. I ask Dad for help. Do you ever need help?"

"Sometimes I cry when I get scared. Do you ever get scared?"

Encouraging empathy and compassion without resorting to condescension or stereotypes, this is a wonderful book that should have a place on everyone's bookshelf who is touched by a child with Down syndrome.

The author of Meet Annie, Heather J. Scharlau-Hollis, will send a signed copy of the book to one lucky winner. To enter the drawing simply leave a comment below by Wednesday April 18th. Good luck!

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Adorable Charlotte

Lisa and Ian are proud to announce the birth of their daughter Charlotte... born on World Down Syndrome day! Charlotte has three big brothers and a big sister who all love her dearly. No blog yet but you can leave words of joy here or visit with Lisa in the FB group, “Our Adventures with Down Syndrome.”


If you would like our community to know about the arrival of a child with Down syndrome, please send an email to ds.mama with the baby's info and an email address or blog/website address of the baby's mom or dad.