Jana's Brightly Coloured Socks
by Sally Fetouh (Author), Alexis Schnitger (Illustrator)
Jana has just learned to put her socks on all by herself. Jana also happens to have Down syndrome. To celebrate her new skill, she gets loads of brightly coloured socks as a gift. What happens when Jana shows them to everyone at school? Join Jana on a fun-filled journey as she discovers what it means to be a true friend and the real value of kindness.
Inspired by the author's daughter, Jana, who has Down syndrome, Jana's Brightly Coloured Socks teaches the values of curiosity and acceptance, friendship in diversity and the value of inclusion for everyone. Socks were deliberately chosen in this story to reference the extra chromosome in Down syndrome. Chromosomes are shaped like socks. Even though we all have chromosomes that make us who we are, we are still all remarkably unique.
What an amazing inspirational story. Jana wakes up everyday with a happy song and a big laugh. Now that she can put her own socks on, her parents buy her heaps of incredible socks. All kinds of amazing colors. At school, her friends would cheer her on for being able to put her socks on. They’d play on the playground and eat lunch together. All her friends wished they had a pair of socks just like jana. That’s when Jana gets the idea to bring a pair of socks each day for someone. Until, she had given away all her socks. On the last day of school they had a sock parade with everyone wearing their brightest socks. There was a surprise inside of a jumping castle for Jana. A box filled with socks! Jana was so kind to share her socks with everyone that they wanted to return the favor and buy her a bunch more colorful socks. This book showed us such kindness between kids, how Jana was nice to share her socks and all the kids were so nice to Jana. This is a beautifully illustrated book that celebrates friendship and inclusion. It encourages children to embrace the differences and similarities within us. The illustrations really help show the expressions on everyone's face that show genuine kindness.
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