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 Up and Adam
 Author: Zapata, Debbie

 Publisher:  Kids Can Press (2022)

 Classification: Easy
 Physical Description: [32] p., col. ill., 23 x 26 cm

 BTSB No: 978913 ISBN: 9781525304415
 Ages: 3-7 Grades: K-2

 Down syndrome -- Fiction
 Dogs -- Fiction
 Helping behavior -- Fiction
 Natural disasters -- Fiction

Price: $23.28

In a seaside town, Adam, a boy with Down syndrome, and his dog, Up, are inseparable, so when the Mayor asks the community for help when a giant storm hits, Up and Adam spring into action and lend a hand wherever they can.

 Illustrator: Kang, Yong Ling

   Kirkus Reviews (05/15/22)
   School Library Journal (07/29/22)
   Booklist (07/01/22)

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School Library Journal - 07/29/2022 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.—David Roberts - Copyright 2022 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

Booklist - 07/01/2022 Young Adam and his dog named Up hear a television newscast in which his Portville mayor describes damage to their town from a recent storm. She asks all listeners to assist in the recovery work, exhorting them to get “Up and at ’em.” Adam takes this command literally, and soon he and Up are picking up sticks, cleaning the school grounds, helping to repair a bird feeder, and sweeping away dirt. He even bakes cookies, which he distributes along the boardwalk, earning a high-five from the mayor. Zapata’s debut picture book emphasizes Adam’s cheery disposition and willingness to contribute to his community; an author’s note explains that the character was inspired by her son Adam, who has Down syndrome, something not obvious from the text. Kang’s digital-cartoon illustrations feature mostly pastel shadings. Like the text, the artwork signals no disability; Adam proceeds with his activities in confidence and without adult assistance. Appended with a list of Down syndrome resources, this will also be successful as a story encouraging community involvement and participation. - Copyright 2022 Booklist.

Booklist - 07/01/2022 - Copyright 2022 Booklist.

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