September 21, 2011 Press Release: How do you introduce the topic of adoption to your adopted son and his non-adopted siblings? Kelly Dougherty and Justin Walling had just that question and have answered it in The Story of Che, a children's book based on their own family's story of how a boy from Guatemala came to be part of a family in the United States. With personal clarity of how differently families can form, and deep exploration into the ever-pressing issue of how a child might interpret comments from outside the home, Dougherty and Walling chose to literally illustrate exactly how their family came to be.
"We are living in a world where families come in all shapes, numbers, and colors," says Dougherty. "Often those familial colors are monochromatic, but more and more today we are seeing something beyond that, something a little less simple. The Story of Che addresses that."
Using birds of various and brilliant colors, Justin Walling's illustrations provide the platform for understanding the similarities and differences involved in multi-cultural or interracial families. Kelly Dougherty's artful writing follows a steady and rhythmic theme centering on what makes a family and what all children need, creating a tale that is simple, fundamental and true.
Kirkus Indie says, "There is much to like in this story...Its structure and repetitive stanzas give it a songlike character. The art is charming and the message is heartwarming..." The Story of Che opens with a lady bird building a nest. Surprised to find it empty after her hard work, she begins to search for her baby bird. The vibrant images capture her journey from Charleston to Guatemala and back, drawing the reader into the story as the echo of "I'll be his mama, I'll help him fly" continues with each new bird entering the nest.
"Whether a bird is red, green, black or pink, it is a bird all the same - still in need of love; still in need of food; still in need of understanding," says Dougherty.
Dougherty is author of Sleeping with Steinbeck, a work of creative non-fiction that chronicles a cross-country journey with her dog. Justin Walling is the owner of Charleston Architectural Glass. Fringe Squirrel Press is the publisher of The Story of Che.
|Publisher:||Fringe Squirrel Press|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.10(d)|
|Age Range:||1 - 5 Years|
About the Author
Kelly is author of Sleeping with Steinbeck, a work of creative non-fiction that chronicles a cross-country journey with her dog. Justin is the owner of Charleston Architectural Glass.
They plan on, one day, raising their birds at sea.