We’ll Paint the Octopus Red

from Woodbine House


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  • Fun-and-Learning

  • We’ll Paint the Octopus Red published by Woodbine House
  • Written by: Stephanie Stuve-Bodeen
  • Illustrated by: Pam DeVito
  • We recommend this book for kids ages 3 and up


Overall Editor's Rating

What It Is

As six-year-old Emma anticipates the birth of her new baby brother or sister, she imagines all of the things they can do together. When the baby is born, Emma's father tells her that her new brother, Isaac, has Down Syndrome. Emma senses her dad's concern and wonders about the future. Through a touching talk between father and daughter, the two realize that Isaac will be able to do many things that most children can do, but it will just take some time, patience and love.

Is It Fun?

Having a new baby brother or sister is very exciting for young children. It can also be a very confusing time. When a new sibling is born with special needs, the entire family may find it challenging to process the news. This is a wonderful picture book to help children, and even adults, understand what Down Syndrome is and how affected children develop.

Who It’s For

This touching story is enjoyable as well as informative, and is a great teaching tool for children as young as preschool.

What To Be Aware Of

Though from a smaller publisher, this book can be found in libraries and is also available as an iTunes app by PicPocket Books for $0.99.