Friday, July 11, 2008

'Scardust' fairy to visit

Children’s book helps healing


By SABINA DANA PLASSE
Express Staff Writer

Author Jennifer Devine helps children accept scars. Photo by

Twins Falls author Jennifer Devine-Hatch's battle with Cystic Fibrosis led to over 60 surgeries and hundreds of hospitalizations, leaving her with a body full of scars. In response to her condition, Devine-Hatch created the illustrated children's book, "Scardust," to help children understand emotional and physical scars. She will share "Scardust" at a book talk and signing at Chapter One Bookstore in Ketchum on Sunday, July 13, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

"Scardust" is a 28-page children's book with watercolor pencil illustrations which tells the story of young Jen-Bug, who does not understand why scars are left behind after surgery. She is a chronically ill young child who bravely battles surgery after surgery, which leaves more and more scars.

"You can imagine how self-conscious a child can be after surgery with a noticeable scar," Devine-Hatch said. "It's enough to have the trauma of surgery alone, but to be reminded of your scars by others pointing or whispering is traumatizing to a child's self-esteem—creating two scars instead of one."

Devine-Hatch travels the country as an inspirational public speaker and Patient Perspective Consultant and plans to release her next book, "Patient Scars" in 2009.




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