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National Down Syndrome Advocate Lisa Van Drese Writes Children’s Book

The author’s son is the inspiration behind the story. At her pastor’s suggestion, she publishes it.

Cornell, Michigan, USA – WEBWIRE

A children’s book to eliminate the stigma of Down syndrome

“Maxwell Goes to the Zoo” (Xulon Press, 2016) by Lisa Van Drese is a children’s book like no other. First of all, it is a tribute to her son Max and all children with Down syndrome – overachievers “who happen to rock an extra chromosome.” Second, it is a children’s book with a great message. Online Book Club, an online community of book lovers, gave the book four out of four stars.
Max was just six weeks old when the author decided to write him a story that he could relate to. She did not intend to publish her story until her pastor read it and suggested Xulon Press, a Christian publishing company, to her. What initially was supposed to be a personalized gift for her children becomes an essential resource for parents and educators in connecting with children with Down syndrome.
Although it is not mentioned in “Maxwell Goes to the Zoo,” the main character Maxwell was born with Down syndrome but is the epitome of a happy little boy. It is obvious that the character is inspired by the author’s own son. Through her book, the author hopes to spread the message that there is no difference between children with and without Down syndrome.
“What I particularly like about the book is that there are a lot of kids’ books out there that are about Down syndrome but they all tend to focus on what is different. I like to focus on people with DS as being as unique as any one of us,” the author told a local new media. “I really like to spread the word that children need to be played with nonstop whether they have DS or not.”
“Maxwell Goes to the Zoo” is available at Xulon Press ( and Amazon (
Maxwell Goes to the Zoo
Written by Lisa Van Drese
Published by Xulon Press
Published date: August 25, 2016
Paperback price: $10.49
About the Author
Lisa lives in Cornell, Michigan with her husband, Doug. They have two children, Andréa and Maxwell. Lisa is the author of the articles, “My Son Maxwell” and “The Things I Have Learned” and is wrapping up her informational guide titled, “Down syndrome: One Mother’s Truth.” She is a national advocate for all people with Down syndrome and stands firmly in the belief that every life has value.

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