Rescue and Jessica: A Life-Changing Friendship Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-09-25 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 0 user ratings

"This is a really special picture book. I love how it shows the relationship between a service dog and their human companion, and I appreciate how it doesn't gloss over how difficult rehab was for Jessica. I do wish that the story had been a little more fleshed out, and I wonder how this story would look as an older, more complex picture book that included the Boston Marathon bombing. But I understand why it was left out. Also, the illustrations are really beautiful. I am definitely buying this for my library! Tons of read aloud potential." said.

"Rescue thought he'd grow up to be a Seeing Eye dog -- it's the family business, after all. When he gets the news that he's better suited to being a service dog, he's worried that he's not up to the task. Then he meets Jessica, a girl whose life is turning out differently than the way she'd imagined it, too. Now Jessica needs Rescue by her side to help her accomplish everyday tasks. And it turns out that Rescue can help Jessica see after all: a way forward, together, one step at a time. An endnote from the authors tells more about the training and extraordinary abilities of service dogs, particularly their real-life best friend and black lab, Rescue." said.

"I first learned about Scott Magoon from my kids’ school visit. I borrowed almost everything that he has illustrated. Then in a Costco member magazine, I knew about this book. This book has so much stories behind, the authors and their life story, along with the illustrator and his life story. Everything is woven together because of Boston Marathon. But in this book nothing about the Marathon is mentioned.

From the two parallel lines of life and frustrations, Rescue learns to keep on without giving up hope. So does Jessica. It’s just so normal that life gives you doubts of self and the world around you, but having the company to keep on walking is the best gift life ever offers, too.

The words are beautiful, so do the images.
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"This is this the story of Rescue, a dog that thought he would grow up to be a seeing eye dog, but life had a different responsibility for him. This is also the story of Jessica, a young girl whose life also turned out differently than she imagined. Together they rescue each other.
When I was first reading this story, I loved how the authors set it up as a paralleled storyline, which later intersects. There are many great conversations that could be had, along the Venn Diagram pathway, to support ELA content and personal connections to the story. As I finished the book, I realized it is based off a true story of a Boston Marathon injury. Let’s not forget this tragic event and perhaps use this book to facilitate, or start, or at least be included with this conversation.
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"Sometimes, life is tough... You don't get the payoff you've been working towards, things don't turn out the way you expected... Or maybe you have to deal with challenging circumstances that change how you live life daily and who you are as a person.

These are "big" lessons to share with a child, but these lessons, and how to move through tough times (with love and by asking for and accepting help), make this book unique and valuable. The courage Jessica shows throughout is something any reader can aspire to, and was clearly drawn from Jessica Kensky's struggles and triumphs.

Even if a child doesn't fully grasp these lessons, Scott Magoon's illustrations -- rendered so tenderly, display all of the emotions between Rescue and Jessica that one needs to understand.

The love between the real-life team that inspired the book shines through clearly.

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"This children's picture book is for the young and the old- for everyone. Young Jessica has lost one of her legs and it is through a chance meeting she meets and learns about the service dog organization, NEADS, and applies for a service dog. The other great thing about this book is reading/seeing it through the service dog, Rescue's view. The Author's Note & Acknowledgments are important and the illustrator, Scott Magoon, wrote a post for the Nerdy Book Club on his use of symbolism in his art ( An inspirational book about struggles and staying strong- as the title says - this book is about the life-changing friendship of Jessica and Rescue and it will change each reader too!" said.

"We found this lovely gem at the Best Friends National Conference in LA two weeks ago.

Based on a true story, Rescue, a service dog, befriends Jessica, a double-amputee. The real-life Jessica (Kensky herself) is a survivor of the Boston Marathon bombing, though the Jessica of the book is based on a younger version of herself. Co-writer Downes, Kensky’s partner, is also a survivor of that bombing. Rescue is the real-life dog who assists Jessica and brings her back to life and happiness after tragedy.

I was amazed at all the things Rescue can do. Aside from barking for help if Jessica falls, he can open things hard for her to reach, make a phone call, and help her cross a busy city street by tapping on the “walk” button with his paw. But, ultimately, the most important thing Rescue gives Jessica is love, and vice versa. Sweet, and very informative story about the remarkable talents of service dogs with realistic, detailed illustrations by Scott Magoon.
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" Beautiful story of an amputee child and a service dog learning to help each other. Written by Boston Marathon survivors.From advance reader copy. " said.

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