Rescue and Jessica, A Life-Changing Friendship
by Jessica Kensky and Patrick Downes, illustrated by Scott Magoon
Candlewick Press, 2018
Jessica, the hero in the story, writes of her and her service dog’s journey together.
In the opening scene, Rescue learns he is not meant to be a Seeing Eye dog, but he would be great as a service dog. He’s disappointed. Meanwhile Jessica has her left leg amputated, which changes her whole life. Rescue learns all the commands to be a service dog and Jessica learns to walk with a prosthetic leg. When Jessica decides to get a service dog, Rescue graduates from training and they get each other. Love at first sight, they do everything together.
Readers follow both Jessica, as she learns to cope with her new disability, and Rescue, as he learns to help others.