One in a thousand babies born in the UK every year has an extra chromosome that means they have Down syndrome. This is one boy’s story as seen through his mother’s eyes. When Jo and Cliff were told their child had Down syndrome at the 15th week of pregnancy they had little idea of what this meant. Determined to provide the best for him, Jo found Jamie could teach her as much as she could teach him. This is her story of how it feels living with a child who is ‘different’. With humour, determination and sadness, Jo gives the reader an insight into a world where everyday tasks can be a struggle and simple things mean a great deal. She reveals how that extra chromosome may make Jamie different, but he is just the same as other children – given half the chance.
juhu on Amazon wrote:
A must-read for all! Ms. Pasquale's debut book tells the story of a family with struggles, joys and triumphs and how they have navigated it all with humor and a "just get on with it" attitude. While I don't have a child with Down Syndrome, (or a child at all!), I found this book to be relatable, educational and overall thoroughly enjoyable. I felt as though I was on a journey with this family and I found myself with tears (the good kind!) streaming down my face, and into my cup of tea, by the end. I highly recommend this book for everyone - parent, relative, friend, educator, medical professional, ally - and I cannot wait to read what Ms. Pasquale comes out with next.
This is exactly what I wanted - and desperately needed - to read in my search for info on Down syndrome. It's an honest/funny/thoughtful account of family life with Jamie written by his mum, Jo, and I loved it for saying 'how it is'. With tremendous warmth, a great sense of humour and a wonderfully gutsy approach, Jo recalls the struggles she, her husband and her whole family have faced - including Jamie - but also the many, many moments of utter love, pride and happiness. This book is a real find!