Written by: Jessica Kenskey & Patrick Downes
Illustrated by: Scott Magoon
Published by: Candlewick Press
Recommended age: 8 to 12
Written by husband and wife team, "Rescue and Jessica" is a sad but uplifting story of a young disabled girl who becomes friends with a black lab, who is a service dog. Together Rescue and Jessica helped each other get over sadness, anxiety, and disappointment. The story is based on a true story but give the sensitively told version of the incident. The authors were both injured in the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013, which changed their lives but brought them together with their dog, Rescue.
It is a great story to teach children that life isn’t always as we expect it, but we should never give up and always seek happiness and friendship over bitterness and isolation. This story was an engaging and interesting read. I loved the soft colors accompanied in the text which provide rich detail and convey the mood, feelings, and setting of the story.
I give this book five stars. This book will be appreciated and enjoyed by a wide variety of youth. It should be in every Massachusetts elementary school classroom as discussion of a major historical event. It should also be every integrated elementary classroom to teach children about special needs.
As usual, you can loan a copy from the library or purchase on Amazon.