Extraordinary! A Book for Children with Rare Diseases

Extraordinary! A Book for Children with Rare Diseases

Extraordinary! A Book for Children with Rare Diseases

Extraordinary! A Book for Children with Rare Diseases


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What makes a child with a rare disease extraordinary?

Explore the answer to this question while sharing an illustrated conversation with Evren Ayik about what he has learned while growing up with his own rare disease.

Written collaboratively by mother and son, Extraordinary! A Book for Children with Rare Diseases opens up a child-friendly discussion about identity, inclusion, and self-concept in light of the challenges and silver linings of living with a rare disease. Family members and caregivers are invited to share in this conversation and to customize the reading according to each young reader's developmental needs.

The gentle lessons draw on the co-author's firsthand experience of growing up with an ultra-rare genetic disease and offer young readers a framework for understanding personal identity and how their rare diseases can help shape it in positive ways. Extraordinary! is intended to celebrate the diversity and beauty inherent in all children around the world.

Accompanied by sensitive yet realistic, multicultural illustrations created by award-winning artist and children's book illustrator Ian Dale, the heartfelt messages introduced in Extraordinary! are intended to uplift and encourage any children living with rare diseases to live their very best lives.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781736034408
Publisher: Kara A. Ayik
Publication date: 03/30/2021
Pages: 34
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.09(d)
Age Range: 4 - 12 Years

About the Author

Evren's advocacy work for people with ASMD began in 2017 when he was invited to speak at the FDA in Maryland. He went on to speak to audiences in several other states about life with ASMD to raise awareness of and support for treatments for rare diseases. In 2019, he earned the rank of Eagle Scout and was a California Boy's State delegate in Sacramento. Evren is also the winner of the prestigious TORCH Award for rare disease advocacy from Sanofi Genzyme. He plans to become a special education teacher and now attends California State University, Fresno.

Kara has been an educator for over twenty years and believes that children must cultivate true self-worth and values to help them navigate their journeys through life. Her greatest joy and proudest accomplishment have been raising her two sons, Evren and Erol.

Ian Dale explores how visual art can amplify the stories of those less visible among us. He frequently illustrates for non-profit and faith-based organizations and publishers, and his work has been available to kids around the world. Ian lives in Southern California with his wife and two young children. See more of his work online at www.iandale.net.
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