A Mother Like Alex. One defiant woman. Nine special childrenWydawnictwo: HarperCollins
Alex Bell is a 53 year old woman who lives in Swinton, on the outskirts of Manchester. She is feisty, funny with a real firecracker of a personality. She has needed that strength of character for Alex is the adoptive mother of 8 children with Downs Syndrome or other disabilities, children who some parts of society would perhaps prefer to forget. Age 28 and unmarried, Alex adopted her first...
Age 28 and unmarried, Alex adopted her first Downs child, Matthew -- and became one of the first people in the UK to be approved for adoption as a single woman. Amazingly, she went on to take eight more children under her wing, Simon, Adrian, Nathan, Andrew, Chloe, Tom, Emily and Callum. Some of these children had been through a frustratingly bureaucratic care system, or moved from one foster parent to another. It sometimes seemed an impossible challenge to take so many into her care, but Alex was determined to give these children stability, love and the best life possible.
But Alex not only helps the children, she also brings together the families often torn apart by Downs. With her down-to-earth charm, Alex encourages the birth families to get together - some of whom have sadly turned their backs on their son or daughter, but others have now long been happily involved in their children′s lives.
The nine children each have unique, sometimes heartbreaking stories, but the joy and warmth they bring into people′s lives make them among the most compelling and fascinating children you′re ever likely to meet:
∗ Happy-to-lucky Matthew, 24, who takes people on tours of Man. Utd.-- the only Downs child to be given such a privileged position, and testament to Alex′s care
∗ Adrian, the family timekeeper and numbers wiz, as if born with a clock inside his brain
∗ Chloe, the lovable, mischievous scamp known as Little Miss Dynamite
Prepare to be amazed, moved and entranced by this powerful true story that will change the way we all look at disabilities. Alex believes special needs children are ′gifts′, and spending any time with her it becomes obvious that she also has a very special gift of her own.
źródło opisu: Harper Collins Publishers, 2008
źródło okładki: http://www.harpercollins.com.au/books/A-Mother-Lik...»