children’s books: Love

When I write children’s books, I love to emphasize good behavior in the characters. Everyone has a different definition of love, but none is more special than in the story we’re going to explore today. Little Archie Eicher was discarded by his Bulgarian mother once she knew he had Down’s Syndrome.  He was adopted by an American family with a little girl named Ace. I think she’s the perfect big sister. Here’s what she had to say about  Archie,

“Lots of people say Archie’s so different, but he’s just like any other kid. She had a few more thoughts to share as well:
I wouldn’t change everything about Archie just because he has Down syndrome,” she said. “I wouldn’t take that away. He’s perfect the way God made him.” Isn’t that the perfect explanation? ” Ace said ” Archie’s first Mom “just couldn’t keep him and even though Ace’s Mom tried to explain it, “She just doesn’t understand why.” Ace says she doesn’t want to change “Anything about Archie.” In her mind, he’s  “The best brother in the whole world.” Don’t you wish everyone thought that way? Ace is a little girl with tons of wisdom, don’t you think? She could write wonderful children’s books about her adventures with Archie.

Ace says “Sometimes Archie bothers me cause he’s not listening” or not talking about what I’m saying. But she says “People should treat everyone the same, even cause they’re different.” Wouldn’t the world be happy place if everyone had the same opinion as Ace?

When I was a baby there was something different about me, too. I didn’t walk when most babies did. Then a doctor told my parents I’d never walk. But my Dad flatly refused to accept that. Instead he made a plan. It was one that helped me realize my dream. I wrote about our journey in my  award-winning, children’s book, Tails of Sweetbrier. If you haven’t read it yet, I hope you’ll check it out. It might become one of your favorite children’s books.

Copyright Deanie Humphrys-Dunne 2015


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