All methods to repair an omphalocele are unique and serious. ‘A Very Special Me’ was written to remind omphalocele children that they were born a little different, but they’re loved just the same. Please use this story as a tool to create dialogue when children start asking questions about their tummies.
By the end of the story your child will realize that they really are very special. It is written in a wonderful rhyme, and the watercolors are so full of life they will catch your child’s attention through the entire story.
Prior to our daughter’s last omphalocele surgery, she asked a lot of questions.
A nurse suggested a kids book that could help her understand what was going to happen. Because I couldn’t find the right book for this situation or age, I decided to write one myself.
Through a support group, I met Emily, an artist who is also an omphalocele adult. Emily was able to take the words provided and easily put emotions and life experiences into her pictures, bringing them beautifully to life.
Inside the Book
All babies are special,
but if you must know,
I was born just a little
more special than most.
On the day I was born,
I was cute but quite little.
Ten fingers, ten toes,
but something different in my middle.
Note: one page uses the word ‘God,’ but does not go into any specific religion or details.
- Title: A Very Special Me
- Created by: Kim Steffen
- Written by: Kristin and Todd Wicks
- Illustrated by: Emily Marino
- Paperback: 24 pages
- Designed for a 3 year old but adorable for all ages
- Profits from this book will be donated to omphalocele causes
Sold 43 U.S. states and 14 countries.
Missing 1.Connecticut, 2. Delaware, 3. Hawaii, 4. Montana, 5. South Dakota, 6. Vermont, 7. Wyoming. Now that I ship through Amazon I am not provided with the addresses. If you live in one of these state and ordered a book please let us know on FaceBook!
We LOVE seeing your pictures!