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5.0 out of 5 stars DoDo and the shaman, July 25, 2009
This review is from: The Possibility of Everything (Hardcover)
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How far would you be willing to go to separate your child from her/his imaginary friend? I'm not talking about the mostly harmless imaginary friend as in "Family Circus" where "Not Me" does all the bad things - knocking over a vase, writing on the wall, that sort of thing. I'm talking about the sort of imaginary friend that makes you question your child's sanity and wonder what DNA you may have passed on to your child.

I am most familiar with M's Edelman's incredible book "Motherless Daughters". On that basis alone, I picked this book out. And it definitely didn't disappoint.

M's Edelman's 3 year daughter Maya seems like the "normal" child that age. High spirited, imaginative and creative, it's not unusual for a child of that age to have an imaginary friend in lieu of younger siblings. (My younger son had an imaginary friend at that age, too. His name was Aaron Copeland. Nothing like DoDo.) So why worry - the kid will get over it in time. Not for Maya.

Her friend DoDo was beyond mischievous. He didn't want her to eat her food, food she had previously enjoyed. He didn't want her to take her medicine. He didn't want her to get better. That aspect frightened M's Edelman and her husband. It would frighten me to death. So M's Edelman, who was the practical one, only believing what she could see, and her husband make a difficult decision - possibly the only decision left after they had exhausted the alternatives. They decide to take Maya to Mayan healers in Belize.

This book details all the steps involved in such a courageous undertaking. I say it's courageous because few people can admit there might be something beyond what they can see. Few people are willing to trust a healer so completely with something as precious as their child.
Yet they do....

How does it work out? Who really needed to be healed? How does this all play out? M's Edelman writes a detailed memoir of how she came to be in Belize with her family and the far reaching ramifications of that visit.

I recommend this book highly. It's a great read and M's Edelman is a skilled writer. At turns funny, heartbreaking and thought provoking, it is a great read.
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