Over twenty years ago, in a small Israeli town, a desperate mother told a remarkable lie. She told her friends and family that her newborn child had died. That lie became the catalyst for the unfolding truth of the adoption of that same baby—Michael —who is, in fact, very much alive and now twenty-two years old. He also has Down syndrome.When Kathryn Hulings adopted MichaeOver twenty years ago, in a small Israeli town, a desperate mother told a remarkable lie. She told her friends and family that her newborn child had died. That lie became the catalyst for the unfolding truth of the adoption of that same baby—Michael —who is, in fact, very much alive and now twenty-two years old. He also has Down syndrome.When Kathryn Hulings adopted Michael as an infant, she could not have known that he would save her life when she became gravely ill and was left forever physically compromised. Her story delights in how Michael’s life and hers, while both marked by difference and challenge, are forever intertwined in celebration and laughter. With candor and a sense of humor, Life With a Superhero wraps itself around the raucous joy of Michael’s existence with his four older siblings who play hard and love big; how Kathryn and her husband, Jim, utilize unconventional techniques in raising kids; the romance between Michael and his fiancée, Casey; the power of dance in Michael’s life as an equalizing and enthralling force; the staggering potential and creativity of those who are differently-abled; and the mind-blowing politics of how Kathryn navigated school systems and societal attitudes that at times fought to keep Michael excluded from the lives of kids deemed “normal.”No other books about the parenting experience outline what to do when, say, a child runs across the roof of a tri-level house pretending he can fly, or shows up in a 7th grade social studies class dressed like Spiderman, or calls 911 when his girlfriend breaks his heart. But, as Michael’s mom, Kathryn has been trying to figure how to be a mother in just such circumstances—sometimes with success, sometimes with dismal failure—for over two decades....
|Title||:||Life with a Superhero: Raising Michael Who Has Down Syndrome|
|Number of Pages||:||288 Pages|
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Life with a Superhero: Raising Michael Who Has Down Syndrome Reviews
I am so glad that Kathryn opened her doors and shared her family with readers. I enjoyed getting to know the Huling family, not just Michael. Everyone of them was special in their own way. They let Michael into their home and hearts. I know Michael got a place in my heart as well. The Huling family and Michael show that people with Down Syndrome have feelings too. They just want to be normal like everyone else. I could understand Michael not liking people staring at him. I know I don't like it either. So I can not imagine what people like Michael go through. I retract my comment, I do now have a good idea of what Michael goes through after reading this book. The family photos were fun. I noticed that Michael had a great smile in the pictures. The rest of the family looked happy as well. I have to say that this is the type of book I want to read when I think of memoirs/nonfiction stories about real people. Because I felt like the book was not over edited, I really got to know everyone and this helped me to really enjoy this book. Also, I have to agree with another reader's comment that this book gives a good insight into someone living with this condition from birth to adulthood. Life with a Superhero is a super, good read.
A huge thank-you to Mrs. Kathryn U Hulings for opening up your heart and writing about your wonderful life with Michael. What an incredible journey, not to mention uplifting!!! I read a few true stories of Down Syndrome but they only go up to a certain age so this was a treat to read about a child from birth to adulthood,trying to make a space in the world. As a child and now an adult living with mild CP, I could relate to some of the things that were discussed in the book about inclusion and trying to face the world as a person living with a disability. This made me realize that I am not alone. So I thank the author again and I am proud to give Life With a Superhero 5 stars, and would be the first to recommend it to people who are struggling with a disability or are struggling because someone they love has a disability.
This book is at times laugh out loud funny, heartwarming, thought-provoking and uplifting. Setting aside Kathryn's potty-mouth, I loved this book! There is something so wonderful about people with Trisomy 21 and the love and exuberance they have for life. I learned things about love, inclusion, motherhood and joy from reading this. Although I know Kathryn and her family and work at Michael's junior high (now a middle school), there is no reason someone unknown to their family can't absolutely enjoy reading this. In fact, getting to know their family through this book would be a treat. I recommend it to anyone who loves a funny, heartwarming story about a normal family in occasionally extraordinary circumstances.
Kathryn is a phenomenal author who puts truth, life, and character into every word. I fell in love with Michael, who has down syndrome, story after story. This book invites you into the Hulings home to experience the reality--the good, bad, and ugly--of raising a child with special needs.