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Down Syndrome NSW
Level 6/410 Church St, North Parramatta
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T: 9841 444

Thursday, 11 June 2009

Library Thursdays: Competition and The Madonna in the Suitcase

The arrival to the library this week of a New Zealand mother's story* written to her 40+ year old daughter with Down syndrome coincided with the arrival of a box of donated new books. This, in addition to the flux of sibling stories recently, made me think we should run a competition to collect some of our own stories.  We'd like you to send in a story about your family member or friend with Down syndrome and go in the running for free books. There are various current fiction titles for all ages.  Send your stories in to Down Syndrome NSW Attn: Library,  P.O. Box 2356, North Parramatta 1750 or email to and we will select winners and mail prizes. Your stories may be published in whole or excerpted form unless you request otherwise. 

* The Madonna in the Suitcase by Huberta Hellendoorn is a mother's love story to her daughter with Down syndrome, Miriam, who became an excellent artist. It tells the story of migrants finding their place in New Zealand, having a child with Down syndrome in the 60s, encouraging independence and dealing with and deciphering health issues. The photos and Miriam's beautiful paintings really add to the story. This book may be of interest to those interested in artists with Down syndrome as well as those wanting to read about a family who dealt with many issues.

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To borrow this book or any other, email us or call the DS NSW office (02)9683 4333.

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