Jul 13

In Jesse’s Shoes

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In Jesse’s Shoes

What parent hasn’t urged son or daughter not to stare at or tease a child who is “different” or disabled in some way? In this sensitive yet realistic story, Jesse’s sister struggles to understand her brother–and the kids who make fun of him. This endearing book will encourage families everywhere to appreciate and befriend children with special needs.

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  • Janet Ann Collins says:

    Review by Janet Ann Collins for In Jesse’s Shoes
    I’ve worked with lots of children who have special needs and read many books intended to help other kids understand them, but this is definitely one of the best. Told from the point of view of Jesse’s sister, it has a real story line and isn’t at all preachy-teachy.

  • Reader Views says:

    Review by Reader Views for In Jesse’s Shoes
    Reviewed by Brianne Plach (age 9) for Reader Views (8/07)

    Do people act differently than you think they should? Are you one of those people who judge others before you get to know someone? Or, are you influenced by what other people say about a person rather than getting to know them first?

    Allie has an older brother Jesse who stares at things such as ladybugs, rain puddles and honeysuckle blossoms. She gets tired of always waiting for him. She has to try to keep him moving so he doesn’t miss the school bus. She challenges Jesse to try and catch up with Marcus Anderson. Other kids all call him a “dummy” which upsets Allie and she is referred to as the “dummy’s sister.” Jesse encourages Allie to walk in Jesse’s shoes. She tries them on and discovers some valuable information. A new girl comes to their school and she knows what Allie does. God makes everyone special and has made everyone in the way which He wanted to.

    “In Jesse’s Shoes” is an excellent book for kids of all ages to learn that differences in people are a part of life. Everyone is special in God’s eyes. I loved this book and want to keep it and use it in my classroom when I am a teacher someday. I think is a must read for all kids so they learn to accept others for their uniqueness and abilities.

    Note from Brianne’s mother: Brianne was anxious to read “In Jesse’s Shoes” as soon as it arrived. She loves to read books with a great meaning and references to God. If only everyone would learn to accept other’s differences the world would be a better place!

  • James C. Elias says:

    Review by James C. Elias for In Jesse’s Shoes
    I wept when I read it. So many lines about Jesse fit perfectly with my sons’ situation, too. Thanks!

  • Lori Kasbeer says:

    Review by Lori Kasbeer for In Jesse’s Shoes
    In Jesse’s Shoes is a story told from the perspective of the older sister, Allie. Allie loves her brother Jesse very much, but struggles with having a brother that is just “wired differently,” as her parents told her. She has the responsibility of walking her brother to his school bus each morning. Jesse did not always cooperate and easily got sidetracked. Allie saw other kids snickering and laughing at the way her brother Jesse acted.

    Allie loved her brother but just wanted him to be more “normal” around her friends. One day after school she blurted out to her Dad that she just did not understand Jesse, and her Dad responded by saying, “Of course you don’t understand him, you have not walked in his shoes.”

    The next day when Allie met Jesse after school, Jesse bent down took his shoes off and told Allie to walk in his shoes. That is exactly what Allie did, all the way home.

    Having the chance to view things as Jesse did, Allie found the courage to stick up for her brother to her friends.

    I highly recommend this book. It is a children’s book, but many adults could benefit from reading it also. In fact after I received it in the mail, my 13-year-old plopped on the couch and read the book all the way through. I asked him what he thought of the book, and he said, “Mom, this is the best book I have read in awhile.”

    The illustrations are beautiful and the book will leave a lump in your throat. Sometimes we just don’t understand until we walk in another person’s shoes.

  • L. Hart says:

    Review by L. Hart for In Jesse’s Shoes
    This book will touch your spirit at any age and remind you of the value of difference. If you are young it will tell you how to respect others that are not the same and teach you how they fit in your world. If you are old it will tell you how others need space when you are different because they fear where they are going. Read it at any age and you will grow.

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