Kathryn Lynard Soper
Acceptance, courage, friendship, awareness, and joy--these are the gifts recounted in more than seventy inspirational essays included in Gifts 2. Edited by Kathryn Lynard Soper, the follow-up to the bestselling first volume, Gifts 2 presents a broader perspective on Down syndrome and life by including passionate stories by siblings, grandparents, cousins, aunts and uncles, as well as mothers of older children. Friends, teachers, medical professionals, and coaches also share the joys of knowing and caring for someone with Down syndrome.
Like the previous book, Gifts 2 helps us see that the hopes and dreams family and friends have for a child with Down syndrome are similar to the ones we have for any child. And, more often than not, expectations are fulfilled--if not always the way we anticipated they would be. A grandparent, inspired by his grandson's strong will, discovers the ability to persevere and not give up on a job. A brother who assumed he would be the person helping his sibling with Down syndrome describes how often it is the other way around. A young teacher remembers her first student with Down syndrome and it gives her strength and clarity when she is faced with her own child's diagnosis.
This heartfelt collection is a source of comfort to other families, and offers insight to anyone who wonders how people with Down syndrome live today. Give the ultimate gift, share both volumes with family and friends, your child's teacher or pediatrician--help raise public awareness and provide others a point-of-view they might otherwise miss.
Regina on Goodreads wrote:
I am so glad that I finally putchased this book! It has been on my "to read" list since it was published last year. I follow several of the Authors blogs on the internet and find thier family's story encouraging.I am always so encouraged how our "different abilities" make the world what it is. Everyone has something to give and something to learn from the others in thier lives. This book was so good I couldve chosen to read it in one setting. But Given the way each story is about a specific family they can be read by themselves quite esily. I like the way the stories were put together in chapters or grouped by topic. I have not read Gifts 1 and want to let you know that this book can easily be enjoyed without reading the first book. I hope the publisher will have a Gifts 3!
I liked the different perspectives that were shared in this book by people who have been touched in their lives by someone with down syndrome. I can relate to so many feelings by the parents or grandparents. It is very true and realistic to say that as parents we come to terms with having a child with down syndrome, but the hardest thing to deal with is the medical problems that children tend to have.