Laura J Whiskens
DANNY BOY is a heart-warming story about a young girl, Catherine, who tells the tale of her childhood friend, Danny.
Catherine takes the reader on a journey through her childhood and her observations of how the public react to someone who is 'different'. Her best friend is born with Downs Syndrome and Catherine becomes aware from an early age that people look at him strangely and keep a distance from him.
Danny Boy explores how one little girl came to see through the mask of disability and see the big beating heart which lies beneath, when others could not.
"This is such a beautiful story of great friendship without prejudice and unconditioned love. I had Goosebumps throughout the story and I was surprised when tears started pulling down my cheeks in the end."
Devinder Dhiman on Amazon wrote:
Through the eyes of a child we are all the same, there is no prejudice. In all my years as a teacher I have never witnessed young children segregating others because of race, religion, disability or body type. This story brings that childlike acceptance to life in the story of a young girl whose best friend is a boy with Down's Syndrome. Their love and devotion to each other continued on even when they were older. I found tears running down my cheeks more than once during this short story. It was very touching. We adults should take a lesson from these children.
When I started reading this book, for first few pages, I felt it to be just a narration of events and having a few grammatical mistakes also, but as I kept reading further, it became more and more interesting and very emotional. This is the story of love of a girl for a boy with down syndrome, and how she felt for him. She considered him to be normal boy, nothing special, and showed us how to treat people with such disability. I liked the story so much that I would have rated this book as five star, had it been given one more round of editing. This story is worth reading and very emotional.