At 26 gestational weeks, after an amniocentesis and genetic testing, he was diagnosed with Diastrophic Dysplasia, a rare type of dwarfism.

Now 8 years old, our son Kai is happy, healthy, and enjoying life.

The purpose of this blog is to lend support and encouragement to others in similar situations and to share the tremendous experiences we've had and will continue to have as we raise our little, little boy.

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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

*deep breath* Here it is:

Note: Being a children's book manuscript, it needs pictures. I purposely wrote it in what I think is an 'illustratable' way. What the words don't say, the pictures will. Just use your imagination for now. :)

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Kai Can
By Chelsea Rivas

Kai is different from most other kids. He is a dwarf. A dwarf is a person who is smaller than most other people. He is very small and his arms and legs are shorter than average. His spine is curved so he can’t stand up straight. He can’t bend his fingers. His thumbs are positioned so that he can’t use them in the typical way others do. His legs are short and bowed so he can’t walk very easily. He also can’t…wait a minute.

What is this book called again? Kai Can’t?

Well, then, what is it called?

Let's find out what Kai can do!



Kai can be naughty and so can I

I’m usually sorry and so is Kai.

Kai can go places and so can I

I use my feet, not wheels like Kai.

Kai can be fast and so can I

I can—oh, no! Slow down, Kai!

Kai can go slowly and so can I

Slower is safer, don’t you think, Kai?

Kai can be friendly and so can I

I see people staring, sometimes, at Kai.

Kai can eat dinner and so can I

I won’t touch spinach and neither will Kai.

Kai can be annoyed and so can I

(I have pesky sisters and so does Kai.)

Kai can do chores and so can I

I’d rather play and so would Kai.

Kai can be frightened and so can I

I can have courage and so can Kai.

Kai can play games and so can I

I can’t hide nearly as easily as Kai.

Kai can paint pictures and so can I

I hold the brush this way, like Kai.

Kai is unique but then, so am I

I like it that way and guess what?

So does Kai!


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Please share: What, to you, is the message of this book? What do you think it will teach children? (I want to know if I've effectively shared what I wanted to share) What other thoughts/suggestions do you have (I'm totally open)? My son Kai is only 4 months old but the character Kai is 5 or 6. There are some things I have to imagine as to how he will be when he is that age. For those of you MODs (Mothers of Dwarfs) whose children are a little older, does this book seem realistic? Could you picture your kids as Kai (loaded with personality and very capable)?

6 comments:

Kim said...

I love it so much! I love that you put some amazing things in there-like Kai being able to hide easily. That is a great message. Kai might be able to reach the sink without help, but Kai can get into spaces too small for others. I think it is AMAZING. It highlights the differences and the similarities. I think it is a wonderful story and I really hope it can be published!

Lexi said...

Wow Chelsea, that was great! I could picture everything as it might be illustrated. I think the book sends a good message. What I got from it is that while everyone is their own unique person, all kids share a lot of things in common. I like how it highlights things that are the same but also things that are unique to Kai. I thought it was well written.

Ames said...

I think it sounds GREAT! I could totally envision cute little illustrations to go along with it! It doesn't sound far-fetched at all. You'll be amaazed at how well Kai will adapt, if you allow him to do so.

Burton Family said...

I love it, I think it is perfect and I hope that you can get it published because i would love to see it the way you envisioned it. I think it has a great message which i see to be that Kai (Dwarfs) may look and be able to do different things but they are just like other people and children in the sense that they have their own unique qualities and personalities.

I think it is great

love you

Katie said...

wow! This is GREAT! I really love it and I think it could be great for kids with all disabilities! Way to hit the nail on the head. I can't wait to see it with the pictures!

Danette said...

I LOVE IT and hope you are able to get it published soon! Fabulous!

From a fellow little person :o)