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Publisher's Note:

“On August 11, 2005, a hot summer day, there was born a beautiful baby girl. Her parents and four older sisters loved her, and she brought much joy to their world. She had big blue eyes, this girl her parents called Sadie, And they soon learned she was a very special little lady.”This delightfully illustrated, rhyming children’s book tells the story of Sadie Isabelle McCrary and her journey with epilepsy. Written and illustrated by Sadie’s older sister Savannah Jane McCrary, a Christian homeschooled author and illustrator, with a special section by Sadie’s mama, Debbie McCrary, this is a story showing how we’re all loved by God and created in His image.…

Overall Book Review:

This story clearly conveys the message that God is wise and each of us is made in His image.  Being different is okay because we have God to help us overcome our challenges.  Written in a light rhyming voice, this non-fictional story brings to life the real struggle of a young girl who is fighting epilepsy.  The story itself is fourteen pages, complete with colorful illustrations of Sadie enjoying life, family, and the beautiful outdoors.  There are another seven pages written by Sadie’s Mama explaining the struggle of dealing with Sadie’s diagnosis, how their family came along-side Sadie, and how they have trusted God for help and wisdom while they travel this “road.”

This story is written by an author with a strong belief in God.  There are at least two valuable lessons in this book.  First, that when we see people with disabilities, we shouldn’t mock them; we should be kind and friendly.  Second, from Sadie’s Mom’s point of view, trusting God through the hard times and the value of prayer shouldn’t be underestimated.  Written for the young and old alike, this story would be appropriate for young children.  The pacing is perfect and I look forward to reading more of this author’s future works.  This would be a good read aloud for the family.

This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by the Author


Content Analysis:

Profanity/Language:  None

Violence/Gore:  None

Sex/Nudity: None

Mature Subject Matter:

Epilepsy, seizures, doctor/hospital visit, God.

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About the Reviewer

Reading a good adventure story has always been a vacation in the theater of my mind. When I’m stressed or just need to get away for a few minutes, I love the opportunity to climb into somebody else’s world. I didn’t enjoy reading until I was in the Air Force and building bombs in Korea; it was a wonderful distraction from the real world. (I tried bull riding, but it wasn’t exciting enough.)