A Wonderful Bigness

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10 x 8
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September 13, 2022
For Readers:
9 to 12
Juvenile Nonfiction:
Disabilities & Special Needs

A Wonderful Bigness 

by Diana Daly

with illustrations by Bruce Alcock 

If we were to peek in the window in their big house in Saint Mary’s, through the lacy curtain, past the African violets on the windowsill, we would see the Dalys’ home full of fun and intellect, of poetry and culture, of hard workers and clever minds, of music and craft, of respect and support.
  • Finalist, 2023 Next Generation Indie Book Awards (Children's/Juvenile Non Fiction)

In this touching, often humorous remembrance, Diana Daly introduces young readers to her smart, funny, and caring great aunties and uncles — six remarkable people who lived with skeletal dysplasia at a time when the condition was not well understood. Daly intertwines older family stories with her own memories to create fond portraits of little people who embraced life with joy, faith, and wit. Daly focuses on ability, rather than disability, and reminds readers that a family is always richer when a place can be made for all of its members. Based on the play “If a Place Could Be Made,” which Daly co-wrote with Anne Troake and Louise Moyes, A Wonderful Bigness is a celebration of family, inclusion, and great heartedness. The book features artwork by NL-born multimedia artist and animator Bruce Alcock.

What folks are saying

A beautiful story of family love, illustrated with warmth and whimsy. ~ Jean Graham, The Northeast Avalon Times

With a candid and conversational writing style, Daly invites readers into this time and place, very poignantly capturing a sense of the community and of Daniel and Kitty’s firm faith and convictions. There is a warm feeling of nostalgia throughout and a heartwarming recognition of the importance of acceptance and inclusion. Daly introduces these men and women by recounting anecdotes from each of their life stories. Alcock’s loose, bold and thickly outlined illustrations, with their gentle washes of colour, provide their own joyfulness and perfectly capture the spirit of this bighearted tale.  ~ Lisa Doucet, (read the full review)


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