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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
Sister Butterfly: About Inclusion, Belonging, Compassion by Mike Mirabella is the story of Carla written from her brother's perspective. Carla's brother calls his sister a butterfly who never learned to fly and her secret world is hidden in her eyes. He always wonders if his sister knows how much he loves her and feels her in his soul. He finds her beautiful and wants her to reach out to him if she needs him. He does not want her to be scared of him. Her brother thinks Carla is an angel in disguise and wants everyone to speak to her with loving hearts so that she can understand.
It is a heartwarming story that will take readers into the world of Carla who was born with Down Syndrome. The story beautifully captures Carla's world and Amy O'Hanlon makes the story complete with her enchanting illustrations to help young readers experience Carla's world. It is a lovely book for all those who are dealing with family members, friends, and acquaintances at home, school, and work with Down Syndrome and will encourage them to look at the inner beauty of these people and appreciate their world. I like the way Carla's brother looks at himself as her protector and teacher. The song lyrics are lovely and it is good that the author has shared the music for the song.