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Radiance Descending
Radiance Descending
Author: Paula Fox
Five years separate Paul from his younger brother, Jacob, about whom Paul is trying not to think. For him, Jacob is unthinkable, a pumpkin face smiling wildly form the window as Paul, 11, stomps off toward his school bus. Grandpa says of such children with Down syndrome, "There is no war in them." But of Paul there is war every day, an...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780440227489
ISBN-10: 0440227488
Publication Date: 1999
Pages: 101
Reading Level: Ages 9-12
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Publisher: Laurel Leaf
Book Type: Paperback
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Well told story of an 11 year old boy coming to terms with his younger brother who has Down's syndrume
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Paul is so angry that his younger brother, Jacob, has Down's Syndrome that he's embarrassed to be near him. Paul can't see that Jacob idolizes him. In Paul's view, Jacob gets all their family's attention, and it's hard for Paul to love someone so clumsy and strange looking. Yet people outside the family welcome Jacob and embrace his kindness. Paul thinks these people are simply pretending to be nice to his brother. Then, through a series of surprising evens, Paul begins to wonder whether Jacob is indeed a person worth loving.