"Poof! Then magic happened, from light inside my heart. They loved me and I learned, I am capable, kind and smart!" How do we inspire our children to know all the ways they can shine in this world, simply by being who they are? BE YOU TIFUL LOVE, SOFIA is the true story of Sofia Sanchez, a little girl with Down syndrome. Talking to you heart to heart, Sofia takes you on her personal journey of dreaming big and never giving up. Gorgeous full color pictures illustrate her path from Eastern European Orphan to All American Girl. Sofia shows us every emotion, from sadness to happiness, loneliness to belonging, feeling fear to being brave. Most of all, she proves that being yourself is the best magic power of all. The perfect book for birthdays, celebrations and any day for inspiration. Because YOU are beautiful! Love, Sofia
About the Author
Margaret O'Hair is an award-winning author, kindergarten teacher, mother of Sam and Stephanie, and dog-mom to Sailor and Surfer. If you want to find her, look on the beach where she is walking with her husband, Mark, and her Portuguese Water Dogs. Be on the lookout for her debut novel, MALIBU WISH. Please visit www.margaretohair.com for links to her other books and her blog.Sofia Sanchez is a delightful and charismatic student at her local public school Sunset Ranch Elementary. She is fully included in the classroom and loves to read and write in her journal. She uses an iPad to type so she can keep up with my classmates. She loves all sports including dance and cheer, Spanish class and anything music or theater related! Her story is one made for the movies. She was abandoned at birth and spent the first 14 months of her life in an orphanage in a very small town in Ukraine. Her forever family found her on an adoption ministry website Reese's Rainbow and brought her home in June 2011. She wasn't able to do much before she met her family, but as soon as she got home to the United States, she began to thrive with the love of her 3 older brothers and loving parents and grandparents.Her mom and dad LOVE taking pictures of her and suddenly her "modeling" career began to take off! Sofia loves taking pictures and she's a really good listener, follows directions and has incredible patience and poise. She LOVES people and making friends and has a full and happy life!