It’s OK To Be Different

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Andy Beane and the Catkins’ Tale by Judy Delmain is a story about a sweet kid born with Down Syndrome named Andy.

Andy Beane and the Catkins’ Tale by Judy Delmain is a story about a sweet kid born with Down Syndrome named Andy. Andy’s parents and doctors all are upset that he has Down Syndrome, but his six year old sister, Kara, loves him from day one. She doesn’t care about Andy’s differences and knows he is a special boy. Ever since Andy was born, magical things have been happening to him and his sister, that only they can see. This starts with a dragon named Lily, who is invisible to everybody else.

 

At the beginning of the book, their parents die in a tragic accident involving kangaroos. Andy and Kara then move to an orphanage, where some bullies make fun of Andy because of the way he looks. The magic continues when they follow a talking cat to the kingdom of Catonia, where all cats can speak. These cats are called Catkins. The Catkins explain to Andy that he must help get the sun to come back to their land. The sun disappeared because the bullies from the orphanage are the bad guys in Catonia as well. Andy and Kara are the only hope for the Catkins to get their sun back.

I loved this book and I would recommend it for kids ages 8 and up, who have a lot of imagination. At the beginning of the book, the author explains why she wrote about Andy Beane. She had two goals in mind. The first goal was she wanted to have book where a boy with Down Syndrome was the hero. She wanted this book to be something to help kids think differently and be more understanding about people who are different.