- File Size: 11942 KB
- Print Length: 37 pages
- Publisher: Valerie M. D'Ortona (June 6, 2013)
- Publication Date: June 6, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00D94XKGA
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Not Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,365,812 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Big T.'s Heart's in Me! Kindle Edition
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Colorful, whimsical and entertaining as it educates, the author's artistic talent comes through in sharing the story of her 33 year old son, Tony, who in an accident without seat belt fastened, faced death much too early in life, but who went on to save other's lives in donating his organs. Valerie shares the highlights of his story by way of a background introduction, giving the adult reader material to make their reading to a young audience even more meaningful than if this were "just" a pretty storybook for children.
In the story of animals who speak, "big Toby" (her Tony) is a bull who is killed in a truck accident which serves as the foundation for the story. Eight other animal characters "live" the experience of hearing about the loss of their bigger than life friend. Toby was an organ donor and his story as told in the brief narrative of 28 pages has all the elements we would have seen in a news article report of the real life Tony's accident. The book concludes with a glossary of terms and a page of actual photos of Tony in the various stages of his growing up with family and friends. These pictures and that background story serve to make the lesson so much more than just a children's book, adding the real life dimension that will hopefully make a life changing insight to the reader's lives.
The author's back cover summary says it all: "Sometimes life can present us with situations for which we have not prepared. Big T's Heart's in Me follows a close-knit group of barnyard animals on an educational journal where the sudden loss of a friend teaches them that life can go on." This is a beautiful real-life story that can be enjoyed by children everywhere and that will touch not only their young hearts but also the heart of the parent or grandparent (or teacher) who may be reading it to them. Wouldn't it be great if this book found its way into school libraries or pediatrician's offices for many more to find it? "Yes!" it certainly would.
Thank you, Valerie, for sharing your son and your talents in the gift of your powerful message given in this unique way.
I would recommend this book to any family dealing with organ donation questions or illness. The book is also a great way to teach the importance of buckling up while riding in cars.
Too often as adults, we avoid discussing the difficult subjects with children , but this book provides an excellent conversation starter.
I would buy this book for its unique subject matter, artwork, and cast of characters who live within.
When Big T is killed, his friends work through their loss and ultimately realize that Big T lives on in his gift of organs to other animals.
The book is well written and generously illustrated with whimsical drawings. The story is thoughtfully and sensitively told; the characters are caring and loving.
The story line eases both children and adults into a subject most do not wish to think about. There is a real need for more discussion about organ donation. I commend this book to anyone who wishes to learn about the subject from one who has lived through it and writes sensitively and intelligently about it.
Valerie has done the world a real service by sharing her story in a way that is understandable by people of all ages.
Through this book Dr. D'Ortona has created a wonderful tribute to her own son and provided an excellent resource for those facing the daunting task of discussing the subject of organ donation with younger children and the often complex emotions that it can provoke in anyone.