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Mi Amigo Tiene el Sindrome de Down (Let's Talk About It Books)

3.9  ·  Rating details ·  59 Ratings  ·  22 Reviews
The sensitively written " Let's Talk About It Books " encourage preschool-age and early-grades children to explore their feelings, deal with problems that trouble them, and understand others who have problems of their own. Each title speaks to a particular concern that children might encounter in the course of growing up. All books in this series have appealing color illus ...more
Paperback, 31 pages
Published October 1st 2008 by Barron's Educational Series
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This book is about a little girl that shares her experience of meeting her best friend, Tammy. The little girl, who remains nameless throughout the book, meets Tammy at summer camp, and is asked to be her buddy, as Tammy will need extra help. The little girl reveals that Tammy has Down syndrome, and that at summer camp, she participates in varies activities with Tammy. In the end, the little girls shares that Tammy teachers her things too, and that they are a great team because they learn from e ...more
Very inspiring story for anyone really. The story is about a young girl who arrives at a summer camp as a new camper. The camp leader is giving one of the oldest little campers the job to help Tammy (the new camper). The children are curious to know what Down Syndrome is and they begin to think that Tammy shouldn't be there but the oldest little camper is excited and doesn't mind helping Tammy at all. She learns things from Tammy that she couldn't and Tammy learns from her. After a while, these ...more
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"My Friend Has Down syndrome" is a pretty good children's picture book that helps to open the eyes and minds of young children about disabilities. Children are considered to have a childlike faith and are usually easily sociable, but in some instances and I've noticed recently children seem to have difficulty with other children who has disabilities. In all honestly, adults have problems too! I've noticed that children without disabilities tend to shy away from those tha
This book touched my heart so much because it showed a "normal" child having the courage to be friends with a child of special needs. Not only were they friends, they were BEST friends. It was such a positive thing and I loved that so much. It also showed some common fears children have about illnesses they aren't familiar with and that was a big point for me too. This will be in my future classroom
Sep 12, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a lovely little picture book, telling the story of a girl who befriends a Down's syndrome child called Ella at a summer club. At first she is not sure if she can be her friend, because in some ways they are so different. The girl feels emotions that every child would feel when meeting someone new who is different, such as fear, excitement, confusion, and worry. Yet the picture book does have a positive turn and good lessons of acceptance as the girl finds that Ella is good at other thing ...more
Genre:Narritive Fiction

A little girl muses about her friend Tammy, who has Down's Syndrome.The tale is a short story about how the two of them became friends. When the girl is told that she will be Tammy's buddy, she and other campers worry because they don't understand what Down's Syndrome is. They fear that they might "catch" it. One child even wonders if Tammy should go to a special camp instead of theirs, because she will need lots of extra help. The camp counselors explain that the camp is
Oct 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A well explained and informative book to easily grasp what Down's Syndrome is. Its taken the form of a true life experience, that is, a school setting and environment which allows young readers to gain an insight. The author talks about the fears and misconceptions that children may have when interacting with someone who does have Down;s Syndrome, but it acts as a knowledge booster for parents and children to eliminate the barriers that may exist. There's even a note to parents as part of the ep ...more
Oct 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"My Friend has Down syndrome" was an excellent book! This book is about two young girls who meet each other at a summer camp. The two girls become very good friends. One of the two girls has down syndrome and the two learn that even tho one has down syndrome it will not get in the way of their friendship. Throughout the story the two learn that both of them are good at different things but when they help each other they can overcome and accomplish anything they put their minds to. This book woul ...more
May 01, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: inclusive-books
This beautiful picture book explores the friendship between two girls -one of whom has Downs Syndrome.

The storyline includes all the things Tammy is good at that we don't normally associate with these children - motor skills being a challenge with pottery and playing guitar, and the fact that she can help the little girl too. The teacher's 'gene talk' to the young group didn't resonate with me but that is minor because the rest of the book is uplifting and inspiring.

So glad to find a book like
Kind of conflicted about this one? It's informative, and handles the subject in a (generally) sensitive manner; however, I found it to be a bit too text-heavy for a picture book, and felt that the speaker's opening line about the titular friend, Tammy, being her "special friend" was kind of patronizing (this almost made me stop reading, tbh, although I'm glad I didn't). And speaking of patronizing, it managed to be didactic and talk down to children at the same time? Somehow?? Although the latte ...more
Melissa Richards
I thought this book did a good job of displaying how two different children can still be very good friends. It also provides a good explanation of what Down Syndrome is in a way that young children can understand and appreciate. A lot of children are curious about others who are different and I think that this book would be great for all children to read in order to learn more about Down Syndrome. One of the best things about this story is that it proves that children can help those who might ha ...more
One of the children I work with has down syndrome and she took this book to kindergarten. I read the book before she got on the bus. I think it is great for her age group. It does not try to get too involved but lets the other children know there is a difference and it is okay. I like how it mentions that BOTH little girls need help with certain things and can teach one another.
I like it fine; there is one word that sticks out like a sore thumb to me every time I read it - on one page the girl talks about being nervous to be in the talent show and on the next page she mentions that she was ashamed, which isn't the same thing. Poor choice of words, if you ask me. I was hoping this book was going to be better.
Loved this book! It is helpful for explaining more about Down Syndrome to my younger children and my older kids just love listening to the sweet story. We all agree the illustrations were great and they did a great job portraying a DS child.
Mar 30, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: re-read
Great book for children to see that differences don't really matter. A must have for children with Down Syndrome starting in a mainstream setting.
Jul 15, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A sweet story, and great for helping kids understand the differences between us. Bonus: the parent guide at the back to assist in answering some of the questions the kids might have...
Tone is a little didactic and flat. Defines words it does not need to. Plot flow skips a lot. Pictures are ordinary do little to add to the story.
Megan Frager
This book takes us through a story of a young girl that went to camp. When she went to camp, she found out that a little girl is coming who has down syndrome. She was worried what it was going to be like, but those nerves turned into excitement. Tammy arrived at camp and they became the best of friends. They would play and teach each other different things while hanging out every day.

This book would be something that most children should read on their own depending on age or with their parents.
Caley Yoder
Apr 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was about a young girl who went to camp and found out that a girl with down syndrome was going to come to the camp. With lots of confusion about what it was going to be like having someone at the camp that was different from the norm, the camper became excited to meet her. As Tammy arrived at the camp, they instantly bonded and became close friends. They both taught each other things that they knew how to do differently and hung out almost every day. Overall, this book shows what its l ...more
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Oct 24, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I was extremely disappointed and saddened by this book mostly because it said that the children though they could catch down syndrome and that they thought that "Tammy" should go to a different camp due to her having down syndrome. Although I am not saying that this may not happen in real life I am saying that this is some ways very shocking and disrespectful to those affect and families of the ones with down syndrome. The is a realistic fiction book and I felt that the grammar was proper but ve ...more
Carrie Bradford
A sweet look at Down syndrome from the perspective of a new friend. This book would be great for introducing down syndrome to a group of young children, to perhaps prepare them for a classmate. It encourages acceptance, and not assuming a child with Down syndrome has certain limitations. However, it never takes a completely genuine look at the disability.
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