Future Reflections         Summer 2010

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My Fair Child

by Maureen Ryan Esposito
Reviewed by Connie J. Davis

From the Editor: Connie J. Davis is a former high school teacher and is the founder and moderator of the NFB albinism listserv. She is a longtime Federationist who lives in Chicago.

My Fair Child
by Maureen Ryan Esposito
Trafford Publishing, 2009
28 pages, $12.96

Author Maureen Ryan Esposito created this picture book to help children with albinism feel more comfortable with their condition. It was also written to help children without albinism gain an understanding of albino peers. Ideally it will reduce bullying and foster greater awareness. Esposito, who has albinism herself, drew upon her childhood memories and longings to write this book.

As the story begins, a mother tenderly tucks her albino child into bed for the night. Much of the book is a dream sequence in which the child journeys to a beautiful land filled with people and animals that are as fair-skinned as she is. Through the incorporation of other children with albinism into the dream, the book breaks down the isolation that albino children often feel. It conveys the message that they are not alone.

In the morning the child describes her dream to her mother. "Be proud of who you are," her mother tells her. "Let your love shine and hold your head up high, fair child of mine."

This book is a must-read for children with albinism and their parents, and a strongly suggested read for children without albinism. It gets two thumbs up and five stars from me!

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