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Listen To Me : How My Down Syndrome Brother Saved My Life

Updated: 5 days ago

4 Star Review

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Editorial Book Review:

By Fabricio O'toole

"Listen To Me: How My Down Syndrome Brother Saved My Life," Lynne Podrat's touching narrative, explores family, fortitude, and personal growth. In this heartfelt book, Podrat writes and Andi Cuba illustrates the most perfect drawings of how growing up with a Down syndrome sibling altered the author's life.

This narrative is a tribute to the author's youngest brother, who supported her through life's challenges. Lynne Podrat, a courageous writer, shares her struggles with having a brother with special needs. Her honest writing shows how siblings share an enduring link that transcends social norms.

Honesty distinguishes "Listen To Me". Podrat courageously recounts her family's path from love and connection to resentment and mistrust. She breaks down preconceptions and delivers an honest portrayal of Down syndrome families' experiences.

This book's strength and growth theme makes it stand out. Podrat's portrayal of how her brother led to her own growth and profound changes in values is touching.  Their relationship shows how love, respect, and understanding can transform things.

Andi Cuba's profound illustrations meet Podrat's tale and capture the emotional journey that had been endured. Each graphic brings something new and engaging to the tale, helping readers become lost.

"Listen To Me" is a narrative about family love and acceptance. Lynne Podrat's heartfelt dedication to her brother illustrates that accepting our differences brings the joy of human connection. Anyone who wants to be inspired, experience love, and learn about our shared humanity should read this book.

About the Author

Lynne Podrat

Lynne Podrat graduated from the Pennsylvania State University and then spent fifteen years in the Fashion Industry as an Assistant Buyer and Department Manager with Bloomingdales Department Store before returning to school to receive her educational degrees from Arcadia University and Gynedd Mercy. A retired educator and Administrator from the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania School District, she taught English, literature, composition and history in elementary and secondary schools. She has secretly been a writer and poet her whole life, but has only recently chosen to share those talents with the world. Lynne now lives with her husband in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, spending winters dragon boating and summers hiking the Rockies in Vail, Colorado where her heart sings. 

Lynne is n the proud recipient a Gold award for both books, Gold from the National Association of NonFiction Authors for Listen to Me and Gold from Literary Titans for My Sister Want an Elephant


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