Review of Super Moms Special Children Book
- By Amanda Ingram
Super Moms Special Children, a children’s picture book published by the non-profit organization Giving Foundation for Children, has two important themes that are a rare find amongst the mainstream children’s literature genre.
Originally, the idea for Super Moms Special Children came about after a compassionate child named Madison Jayanna who met Tripp, a child with traumatic brain injury, wrote a book called Tripp McQueen. Tripp’s book was a huge success in raising money for Tripp’s family and other special needs families.
Then Madison’s mother, Justine, who observed Madison showing uncertainty on how to approach children in wheelchairs, inspired her to write the foundation's second book on the everyday lives of super moms and their special-needs children.
The book Super Moms Special Children is a beautifully illustrated and written 52-page book that follows a young girl into a park who encounters a party with special needs children. Madison provides the inspiration of the curious child who has questions.
All of the mothers and children in the book are based off of real life people who the GFC works with through their “causes.” This gives the book a very special personal touch as these are the real stories of people from our community.
Super Moms Special Children is an excellent book to read to children of all ages and even adults. For example, Madison's dad, Sid, grew up in India and wasn't aware of the special needs community since it was kept out of public view in the area he grew up in.
The special-needs community is often kept in the dark from our children which creates misunderstandings and perceptions later in life. The lessons within the story of Super Moms Special Children teaches children not only how to properly approach special needs children but also how to engage in play. All children want to play, disability or not. It also brings attention to the warrior mothers who work steadily to make their child understood and accepted in this world.
I recommend this book for everyone. The special needs community is a topic that is often overlooked and hard to find in book stores. Also, in an attempt to bring awareness to countries such as Sid’s home country of India, an international version of the book is in the works at GFC currently. This book will be a great companion to the first Super Moms Special Children book and create a global connection for the special needs community.
At GFC, one of the main mission goals is awareness--not just a shining light on the special-needs community--but teaching children about the culture of special-needs so that every child can play together on the playground.
Check out the book on their website.
Amanda Ingram is a creative writer pursuing graduate studies at Ohio State University.
- Published on May 05, 2016
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