Rescue and Jessica: A Life-Changing Friendship by Jessica Kensky and Patrick Downes

Rescue and Jessica: A Life-Changing Friendship by Jessica Kensky and Patrick Downes
January 22, 2020 Alexandra Adlawan

1st Grade and Up

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 be 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.


I found this book at Once Upon a Storybook and the owner of the store gave it to me before the store, unfortunately, closed.


I read this book with my mom and she kept mispronouncing words. She kept saying “cap” instead of “cape” and once said “carpet”. We laughed really hard at that. It proves that even a sad story can be fun.


At the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, my parents and I just happened to be walking by the stage when Rescue, Jessica and her husband Patrick were doing a reading of their book. They had an enlarged size version of their book, so the audience could see better. We had brought my service dog, Dude, with us so him and I sat on the ground up front with all the other little kids.

I was able to take a short video of the reading that I would like to share with you (notice Rescue is looking at the picture of himself).

Rescue and Jessica Book Reading

At the Q&A, I found out that Rescue is an English lab, just like Dude. I got to talk to them for a minute and I told them that their dog if much better behaved then mine. One little boy asked if Rescue can drive a car. Jessica said no but wouldn’t that be cute.


To learn more about Jessica and Rescue’s story, check out the Author’s Note at the end of the book or check out the video link below:


This weeks’ Weird but True Fact about Smart Dogs

Dogs in the U.K. were trained to fly an airplane.


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