Book with Protection Island connection wins Family Choice Award

Snapshot of a Soul Place in the Land of Special needs was edited and published by Protection Island resident Valerie Hennell.

Snapshot of a Soul Place in the Land of Special Needs received the 2016 Academics' Choice Award.

The book Snapshot of a Soul Place in the Land of Special Needs won the 2016 Academics’ Choice Award and a Family Choice Award from National Parenting Product.

The book, written by Kari Burk, was edited and published by Valerie Hennell and designed by Ronan Lannuze, both Protection Island residents.

The book is about a mother and daughter’s journey with Down syndrome.

The book combines poetry, prose, paintings and photos to tell the story of 25-year-old Mielle, the granddaughter of Hennell.

“Perhaps the greatest obstacle faced by a person with special needs is being misunderstood and in turn, isolated, from life’s process and events,” said Burk in a press release. “This book is my way of bridging the gap, celebrating people, places and images that have shaped our lives and inspired my art.”

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