for Rescue & Jessica
by Jessica Kensky, Patrick Downes, and Scott Magoon
A young woman who has lost her leg finds a helpful companion in Rescue, her new service dog, in this story based on author Jessica Kensky’s experience after losing both legs due to injuries received in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. While Rescue, who began life as a Seeing Eye trainee, transitions to service dog training and learns to fetch objects and open doors, Jessica is adjusting to life with her wheelchair and prosthetic leg. After meeting a service dog in the hospital, Jessica applies for her own. The two are matched, and Rescue helps Jessica physically—fetching objects and people, opening doors, and helping her up when she falls—as well as emotionally, comforting her when her second leg is amputated, and bringing joy into her life. A story that underscores the skill and versatility of service dogs and the value of their help and companionship also shows the fortitude of one young woman as she heals. (Ages 4–8)
CCBC Choices 2019. © Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2019. Used with permission.
A 2019 Schneider Family Book Award Winner
Based on a real-life partnership, the heartening story of the love and teamwork between a girl and her service dog will illuminate and inspire.
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.
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