Hooray! It's Multicultural Children's Book Day on Friday, January 29th! I was delighted to be gifted a copy of My Sister, Alicia May by the author, Nancy Tupper Ling. The book was beautifully illustrated by Shennen Bersani and published in 2009 by Pleasant St. Press.
**All opinions expressed in this review are my own.
Alicia May is like any six-year-old in many ways. She also has Down Syndrome. In this book her sister, Rachel, shares an honest look into their lives and relationship. Alicia May likes bugs, counts dots on ladybugs, and talks to the animals at the zoo. She has a sharp memory and remembers how many steps lead to the library. Rachel also tells us about Alicia May's medical issues and challenges with leaving a place she loves. As a mom to two boys, one who has a genetic syndrome, I appreciated the honesty from Rachel confessing that sometimes her little sister really annoys her.
The ending totally made me tear up, so I won't give that away. Being a sibling of someone with a disability is a unique path. How special that this book is available! Representation of children with disabilities AND their siblings is so needed, and having this be written from a sibling's perspective makes it that much more meaningful.
When I asked Nancy Tupper Ling what inspired this story, she said her close friend did. The setting in the illustrations was inspired by the real life farmland where she walked with her friend and the sisters from her book. Her friend shared that there just weren't books featuring children like Alicia May that weren't didactic in nature. And so she set out to tell this lovely story.
I highly recommend it!
**For other books featuring children with disabilities, visit my Bookshop site!
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About the Author
I am a mom to two sweet and lively boys and live in Santa Barbara, California. My oldest has Cornelia deLange Syndrome. He fuels my passion for advocating for equity and inclusion wherever I go. I love the power of a good story to inspire, educate, and make change in our world.