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Book details
  • Genre:JUVENILE FICTION
  • SubGenre:Social Issues / Special Needs
  • Language:English
  • Pages:46
  • Format:Paperback
  • eBook ISBN:9781543968477
  • Paperback ISBN:9781543968460

Will Little Roo Ever...?

by Chuck Miller View author's profile page

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Overview

Ruby isn’t developing as quickly as other children, and her parents wonder if she’ll catch up. Follow her exciting journey!

Description

Will Little Roo Ever…? is a story both parents and children can enjoy. It follows a little girl named Ruby from infancy through her first day of school. Ruby isn’t developing as quickly as other children, and her parents wonder if she’ll catch up. As she finally reaches each milestone, they experience both relief and a tinge of sadness in the realization that she won’t remain little forever.

"Moving and wonderfully written, Will Little Roo Ever...? is a work of art. It's the gentlest, sweetest book on the topic of developmental delays that I've seen." ~ Elaine Lindy, children's literature expert and founder of the popular fairytale and folktale site for children, Stories to Grow by.

About the author

My first book was a strength training book, Inside the Mind of an Iron Icon, that I wrote with my good friend, Stuart McRobert. This beautifully illustrated children's picture book—many thanks to Jacob Below for bringing my words to life—is obviously much different. It's inspired by my daughter, Ruby, and the challenges she faced with developmental delays, but it's not entirely her story. It's my take on the emotional journey of every child and family who finds themselves in a similar situation. 

 

I guess I have two reasons for being passionate enough about this little story to go so far as to run a Kickstarter campaign to raise enough money to publish it. Primarily, I hope to create an atmosphere of acceptance and belonging for all children and their parents. Whatever the reality is, mild delays or more extensive, it's going to be okay because of that unbreakable parent/child bond of love. 

 

I'm also doing it as a legacy to Roo, as we affectionately called her, and her fighting spirit. She woke up happy and grateful to be alive every day. The smallest things we all take for granted were fascinating to her. I once saw her stop dead in her tracks in the middle of the sidewalk and bend over to inspect something on the ground. When I couldn't get her to budge from her spot after several minutes, I finally figured out what had grabbed her attention so fiercely. It was a tiny bug barely bigger than a speck of dust she'd somehow noticed while running along, despite the fact I hardly saw it with my nose buried in cement. When I took the time to marvel with her, this little bug really was pretty amazing. If you'd like to read more of my thoughts on the importance to all of us of creating our legacies, check out my article, He's Coming. Are You Ready?.



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