- Retail List Price: $11.99
- ISBN: 9780984635993
- Publication Date: Nov 1, 2011
- 8.5 in x 8.5 in, 26 pages
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Rita the Book-Neck Girl is a heartening tale of tolerance and friendship as crafted from the imaginations of two young sisters, Elena and Gracie Desserich, and captured by their father, Keith Desserich. Featuring inspired characters such as Rita the Boot-Neck Girl, Charlie Chicken Legs, Frita Four-Eyes, Eddie Elephant Ears, and Pennelope Pig Nose, these friends soon learn that they're not really so different after all and certainly not alone. Brought to life by the playful illustrations of Joshua Thompson, this tale promises to not only be a favorite bedtime story, but also one that we can all learn from. Both under the age of 6 when originally told, Elena and Gracie Desserich shared a strong bond of friendship until Elena's passing from cancer at the age of 6. Her story inspired her parents to write Notes Left Behind, a personal account detailing the lessons on love and living she left with them during her struggle. Within months, it achieved international acclaim, becoming a New York Times Bestseller and today is translated into over 20 languages worldwide. A portion of author proceeds from each book benefits cancer research through The Cure Starts Now Foundation.