Rescue and Jessica: A Life-Changing Friendship Teaching Guide

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Use the discussion questions, activities, and additional resources in this teaching guide for Rescue and Jessica: A Life-Changing Friendship to create a lesson on friendship, persistence, disability awareness, and service mentality. The guide includes activities based around positive school culture, service learning, community engagement, and inclusion. Students will be captivated by the heart-warming story of Jessica and her service dog Rescue.

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Rescue and Jessica: A Life-Changing Friendship by Jessica Kensky and Patrick Downes
Rescue and Jessica: A Life-Changing Friendship
Authors: Jessica Kensky, Patrick Downes
Illustrator: Scott Magoon

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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