Cleft lip and palate is the most common birth defect in the world, affecting about 1 in 600 kids. We all know about the children in the magazines who need cleft surgery (and there are wonderful organizations who help with those surgeries). But did you ever consider this also affects the child next door to you? The little just born down the street? And the little girl across town?
Zoe is a brave little girl to want to discuss this openly. In this book, we describe the social, emotional and medical things that typically face a cleft affected child. Many of the "feeling" pages are in Zoe's own words. One page, for example says,
Some kids are mean to me because they see my face and think I look scary. People say mean and hurtful things to me because I look different. They stare at me.Other pages discuss her wishes ... like how she wishes people would realize she is a "regular kid".
This book is written at about a 6-8 year old level (though children and adults of all ages will likely love it as well). It's a photojournalistic, non-fiction experience of one little brave girl, Zoe, our Warrior Princess.
In the next weeks and months, Zoe and I have been asked to do several interviews on the subject of Cleft Awareness. We are humbled and excited by the new journey we're on.
If you'd like your very own copy, you can order it at http://www.sekelhouse.com/zoecleft.html
Please help us spread the word about cleft awareness. Help us spread the word about these amazing kids!