Prematurely born Alexandrian girl writes children’s book with her mother to talk about disabilities

A mother-daughter team from Alexandria, Va. Created a series of book chapters to teach children to respect people with disabilities.

“The Magic Glasses of Naevia” aims to teach children tolerance towards disabilities.

Courtesy of Parris Elliott-Thompson

Naevia is pictured with her mother, Parris Elliott-Thompson. Naevia was born at 3 pounds, 2 ounces at 30 weeks unexpectedly in a snowstorm.

Courtesy of Parris Elliott-Thompson

Naevia Elliott-Thompson has a retina of prematurity, which means her eyesight will never be 20/20 without correction.

Courtesy of Parris Elliott-Thompson

Naevia was born prematurely and must have special accommodation at the school to sit near the teacher so that she can see, even while wearing her special glasses.

“She was born at 3 pounds 2 ounces at 30 weeks unexpectedly in a snowstorm,” her mother, Parris Elliott-Thompson, who lives in Alexandria, Va., Told WTOP.

She said that Naevia, who will soon be 8, has a retina of prematurity, which means her eyesight will never be 20/20 without correction. The National Eye Institute says the disease occurs when abnormal blood vessels grow and spread throughout the retina and cause scarring and retinal detachment.

Elliott-Thompson once said her daughter drew pictures and asked her mother, “How cool would it be if I had magic glasses?” “

From there, the mother-daughter author team took off.

Elliott-Thompson started to assemble the “Magic Glasses of Naevia” and it became a series of six short books of about 100 pages each, and it all comes from Naevia.

“She told me what she wanted and I wrote it down,” Elliott-Thompson said.

Now, Elliott-Thompson said, the books will first be distributed to the libraries at Alexandria City Public School, and then could end up in other bookstores and libraries from there.

“I feel really good. I want the kids to know that we are all different in our own way, ”said Naevia.

They launched a Kickstarter campaign for the books and raised over $ 3,000 of their $ 8,000 goal on Thursday.

Elliott-Thompson said that once they reach their goal, they will be able to publish the book and distribute it to schools. She said they already had an illustrator who created the main character in the book to look like Naevia.

The book features a little girl named Naevia who has vision problems.

“Her mom takes her to the ophthalmologist, where she ends up with this really special pair of glasses,” Elliott-Thompson said. “When she gets these glasses, they take her on a time journey through history, where she meets different famous women who help her solve her problems.”

Elliott-Thompson said March of Dimes helped her family with Naevia’s birth. She therefore plans to donate 10% of book sales to the organization. She is also a mission mother and local coordinator of March of Dimes.

“It was like second nature that some of that money was going back to the babies,” Elliott-Thompson said.

She said she was very excited about the message the books send to the children who will read them.

“I think it is important to teach others about tolerance, because disabilities for children come in all forms, and it is important that we teach children now that we are all different, but we are all special. “said Elliott-Thompson. .

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