A new children's book announced for May. Sounds and looks interesting, would like to see this when it comes out. And interesting story behind the book. "Borrowing" from others' posts to the List. ----------
The story is told from the point of view of Rachel, sister of Alicia May. The illustrator, Shennen Bersani, grew up with a sister, Holly, who has Down syndrome.
----------- Here's the poem...
Our Fragile Emissary by Nancy Tupper Ling
With modern screening and such they wonder why you're here, on this earth in our home and in our arms, after all, anyone with any sense would have resolved this problem of you pre-birth, pre pain.
Blonde Beauty, tiny as you are, you catch their stares, strangers' second glances into tender baby blues. And your young sweet ears hear whisperings ("Down's," "defects") words dropped loosely at extra-chromosomed girls.
With such stinging receptions how we long to shelter you, surround you; keep your gentle smiles to ourselves. Instead, we hold you up, for others to see; let you, our fragile emissary speak to an imperfect world.
And some really nice photos on illustrator's blog, Memorable Day entry.