Michelle Friedman Opens Children’s Eyes to Blindness in New Book

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‘Close Your Eyes’ helps children understand life with a disability.

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Follow a young blind girl as she shows readers all of the things she can do.

Michelle Friedman was partially blind until age 35, at which point she lost the remainder of her sight. Since she has gone completely blind, Friedman has learned to ski, sail and even ride horses. Her new book, "Close Your Eyes" (published by Abbott Press), aims to teach children that people are all the same, despite disabilities.

"Close Your Eyes" follows a young blind girl as she shows readers all of the things she can do. Readers will see her play in the park, read books and do many other things typical of a child, blindness or no blindness.

"This book," Friedman writes, "by demystifying blindness, teaches children tolerance and acceptance of children who are different and hopefully will initiate dialogue with parents, teachers and other adults about disability and thereby removing the fear and creating an atmosphere of tolerance."

Through colorful illustrations and a character inspired by her own life, Friedman is hopeful that her story will be entertaining and easy for children to understand. She also hopes her story can act as an inspiration for others who are blind, as she may have lost her sight, but she never lost her vision.

"Close Your Eyes"
By Michelle Friedman
Hardcover | 8.5 x 11 in | 32 pages | ISBN 9781458212177
Softcover | 8.5 x 11 in | 32 pages | ISBN 9781458212184
E-Book | ISBN 9781458212160
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

About the Author

Michelle Friedman is a school speaker and was a guest on the Oprah Winfrey Show. Michelle, a mother of three and grandmother of four, lives in a Chicago suburb with her husband and youngest son.

Abbott Press, a division of Writer’s Digest – the oldest and most respected publisher devoted to the education and advancement of writers – is an indie-publishing imprint dedicated to helping writers bring their literary vision to print. Author Solutions, LLC, a leader in indie book publishing, will fulfill publishing, sales, and marketing services for Abbott Press. For more information, or to begin publishing a book today, log on to abbottpress.com or call 866-697-5310.

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