This book is a take on the classic, Hansel & Gretel, where the hungry children set off into the woods, and stumble upon a house of gingerbread..only this time, the house is made of candy, instead of gingerbread, and Hansel is a 5 year old boy with Down Syndrome.
I think that the author did a great job showing that kids with Down Syndrome can still accomplish great things, and she worked hard to try and dispel and stereotypes about kids with Down Syndrome. I think at times she may have played up many of Hansel abilities...such as his speech, in an attempt to show people that although many people with Down Syndrome have speech delays, they are capable of more than people give them credit for.
The illustrations in this story are amazing, they are felt work done by Claudia Lenart, and they truly bring the story to life. The detail is beautiful, and my kids spent a lot of time, flipping through the book, and looking at the pictures.
Both the Author, Jewel Kats, and the illustrator, brought this book to life, and as a special needs mom (my son has Autism), I am grateful for the time spent creating books that help children understand more about the disabilities that their peers might have. Job well done!