When a new baby enters a family it’s always an exciting experience for all members of the family. Older siblings are always happy to have a new playmate, but what happens when the new baby has a disability?
In We’ll Paint the Octopus Red by Stephanie Stuve-Bodeen, 6-year-old Emma anticipates the birth of her new baby brother, but when he’s born her father says he has something called Down syndrome. She wonders if they can still do the millions of things Emma had originally planned to do with her new brother, Isaac. As her father explains, as long as they’re patient with him, and help him when he needs it, there probably isn’t anything Isaac can’t do.
Families with children with disabilities can definitely benefit from this touching story that includes commonly asked questions about Down syndrome with answers for children, and how it might affect their sibling and family.