Snapshot of a Soul Place

A booked edited and designed on Protection Island has won a third award in the USA. Kari Burk’s illustrated memoir, Snapshot of a Soul Place in the Land of Special Needs, won a 2016 Academics’ Choice Award in addition to National Parenting Product (NAPPA) and Family Choice Awards. It’s available from Kool and Child, Community Services Nanaimo, Volume One, Salamander Books, Bolin Books, Ten Old Books, Talisman Books, Banyen Books and by mail order from www.snapshotofasoulplace.com.

Written and illustrated in Castlegar, the book was edited, curated and published by Valerie Hennell and designed by Ronan Lannuzel on Protection Island.

Academics’ Choice says: “Kari Burk's creatively presented autobiography is sincere and engaging. As empowering as it is poignant, it offers many practical suggestions for parents, educators and caregivers. We highly recommend this book.” It was also “unequivocally recommended” by Library Journal in New York.

Snapshot of a Soul Place in the land of special needs is a mother and daughter’s journey with Down syndrome. Kari Burk combines poetry, prose, paintings and photos to present the story of 25-year-old Mielle, granddaughter of editor Valerie Hennell and musician Rick Scott, who is Goodwill Ambassador for the Down Syndrome Research Foundation. Valley and Rick live on Protection Island.

ACADEMICS’ CHOICE is the only international awards program designed to bring increased recognition to publishers, manufacturers, independent authors and developers that aim to stimulate cognitive development. A volunteer panel of product-appropriate judges, including parents, educators, scientists, artists, doctors, nurses, librarians, students and children, evaluate submissions based on educational benefits such as higher-order thinking skills, character building, creative play, durability and originality. Only the genuine “mind-builders” are recognized with the coveted Academics’ Choice Award™. www.AcademicsChoice.com

In 1995, at age five, Mielle starred with her grandfather in a video of the song “Angels Do” which she inspired. The video played 20 times a month for ten years on Treehouse TV and became an anthem for the special needs community. www.rickscott.ca/videos

Kari Burk says: “Perhaps the greatest obstacle faced by a person with special needs is being misunderstood and in turn, isolated, from life’s processes and events. This book is my way of bridging that gap, celebrating the people, places and images that have shaped our lives and inspired my art.”

The story of how the book was written is featured in BC BookLook http://bcbooklook.com/2016/06/13/snapshot-wins-a-second-time/

More info on the book is below and at www.snapshotofasoulplace.com

The National Parenting Product Awards (NAPPA) is the most comprehensive and selective awards program in the family and children's products market. NAPPA's recognition means that a product has been carefully evaluated and deemed “top of its class" by expert judges, parent and child testers, and product reviewers.

The Family Choice Awards recognize the best in children's and parenting products and is one of the most coveted, family friendly consumer award programs in North America. http://www.familychoiceawards.com/family-choice-awards-winners/snapshot-of-a-soul-place-in-the-land-of-special-needs-by-kari-burk/

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