Kid’s books:You can create anything
When you create kid’s books are you thinking they can become anything in the world? Remember there are no limits to what your book can achieve. It’s the same with people. Consider the story of Jessica Long, the paralympic athlete who has a remarkable story to share. She was born in Siberia with a birth defect that affected her lower legs. Her name was Tatiana Kirillova. Jessica’s birth parents knew they couldn’t care for a disabled infant,so they chose to send her to an orphanage, where she was adopted by an American family when she was 13 months old. She underwent the first of many surgeries at eighteen months old. Jessica’s family told her that she was born in Russia and they adopted her. Jessica is one tough, determined young lady. Now she is twenty-one and has participated in several sports including; gymnastics, cheer leading, figure skating, and her specialty, swimming. In 2003 Jessica was chosen Maryland’s Female Swimmer of the Year With A Disability. She has earned twelve gold medals in Paralympic swimming competitions, as well as three silver medals and two bronze medals. Isn’t she amazing?
Like many adopted children, Jessica was curious about her birth parents. She wanted them to know that she loved them for giving her life and she understood that they were not able to care for her when she was born. Recently, she went to Russia to meet her birth parents and their children. It was such a beautiful, emotional moment. They kissed, hugged and caressed each other for several minutes. There were joyful tears and smiles all around! Jessica said that before her visit, she was “Just Jessica Long, but now she is Jessica Tatiana Long. She has made a remarkable journey. Her goal is to be a role model for others. In my view, she certainly has reached that objective.
When I write kid’s books, I try to think positively and focus on the belief that anything is possible if you persevere. This message shines through in my award-winning book, Tails of Sweetbrier. It’s the winner of the silver medal in the Feathered Quill Book Awards contest. it’s an autobiography that will show you that anything is possible if you follow your dreams. I hope it’s one of your favorite kid’s books.
*some information from televised interview
(c) Deanie Humphrys-Dunne 2014