BOWLING GREEN, KY (1/26/12) – As awareness and interest in donating and adopting frozen human embryos increases, the questions of “how do or should we tell the children?” start to arise.
To address this emerging and growing demographic, the National Embryo Donation Center’s (NEDC) Digital Media Manager, Western Kentucky University graduate Chris Barrett, has collaborated with University of Tennessee child development professor Dr. Sally B. Hunter to create a heartwarming children’s book titled, Training Wheels: How Did I Get Here? The book helps parents start the conversation and answer their children’s questions.
These same questions have been asked by traditionally adopted children for decades and have influenced numerous books that assist in reinforcing an adopted child’s understanding of why they are special and very much loved. Some of these publications provide value to the parents of embryo adopted children but they don’t tell the whole story; that is until now.
Training Wheels tells about 5-year-old Miles and the new bike he gets for his birthday from his special friend, Mike. Miles’ parents explain that Mike’s mom and dad generously donated their remaining embryos and he was born as a result of their loving gift.
The story is told in a delightful rhyming pattern, using words that are easy for preschoolers to understand and a storyline that will help to satisfy their curiosity about where they came from. Fun and colorful illustrations by Knoxville artist Tyler Garrison saturate the book and enhance its appeal to young children.
Training Wheels is a privately funded project and has enjoyed its first soft cover printing. It is available online through Amazon at www.amazon.com.
Information Provided by Western Kentucky University (WKU)
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