New Children’s Book Shows the Beauty in Embracing Diversity

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Author Sara Madden sheds light on vitiligo with an entertaining narrative

In a society that encourages blending in, skin pigmentation discoloration easily stands out. Vitiligo, a condition that causes white patches to appear on the body, impacts approximately one percent of the world population, according to the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIH). Author Sara Madden explores the skin condition and teaches children the importance of supporting and accepting different body features in her book, “Lucy’s Umbrella.”

“Lucy’s Umbrella” chronicles the story of a young girl named Lucy and her journey to find value in her vitiligo. As Lucy moves throughout her day, she takes note of the distinct designs, shapes and colors that make each person and animal stand out. This helps her appreciate the patterns on her skin, as well as garner a fondness for nature and her surroundings.

“Young children shouldn’t be taught that there is one body shape, size or color that defines attractiveness,” Madden said. “True beauty comes from within and, as a society, we need to strive for unity and the inclusion of every individual. Lucy’s Umbrella urges readers to celebrate physical differences that make each of us unique and beautiful in our own way. I hope this message resonates strongly with readers of all ages.”

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“Lucy’s Umbrella”
By Sara Madden
ISBN: 9781524686970 (softcover), 9781524686987 (e-book)
Available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble and AuthorHouse

About the author
Sara Madden wrote her first story, “I Love My Family,” at age six and she's been writing ever since. In her youth, Sara discovered she was dyslexic. From that moment up to today, she perseveres by finding comfort in words, getting lost in imagination, and believing in the unbelievable. She currently lives in Utah with her eclectic and unique family.    

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