Up and Adam

Kids Can. May 2022. 32p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9781525304415.
PreS-Gr 2–Zapata’s story is a delightful and uplifting story of the positive impact being helpful can have on so many people. After a storm affects their town, a boy named Adam and his dog, Up, are inspired by their mayor to help. Adam and Up venture across town and work with several members of the community cleaning toys, fixing birdhouses, and tidying a local pizza shop. They even bake chocolate chip cookies for the entire town to help lift their spirits. Adam feels as if he and Up have made a big impact on their town. Parents will find this story a great read for teaching their children the importance of being willing to pitch in. Additionally, Zapata’s own son, Adam, who has Down syndrome, was the inspiration for the main character; she helpfully includes resources for parents in the back matter.
VERDICT A great example of a story that will inspire all kids to work with others in an amiable way, making its points sweetly and simply.

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