Rescue & Jessica: A Life-Changing Friendship

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... read more

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)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2019

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