Former Barrowby pupil presents book which encourages children to celebrate being unique

Millie, aged 14 with Mr Batey, headteacher at Barrowby Church of England Primary School EMN-160501-153529001

Millie, aged 14 with Mr Batey, headteacher at Barrowby Church of England Primary School EMN-160501-153529001

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A young girl from Barrowby has made a special visit to her old primary school to present the pupils with a book that encourages children to celebrate being unique.

Millie, 14, from Barrowby, presented a copy of ‘Strong and Mighty Max’ to her former headteacher, Len Batey, who is still the head at Barrowby Church of England Primary School.

The book has been written by a woman called Kristina Gray, who became an author after her third child was born with Achondroplasia, more commonly known as dwarfism.

Achondroplasia is a rare genetic condition that effects one in every 25,000 births. Children born with the condition can have a range of physical differences, but all of them will have shorter limbs than their peers.

Millie, who has achondroplasia herself, wanted to present this book to the school for the children to enjoy ‘Strong and Mighty Max’.

Millie said: “The book encourages children to celebrate that every one of us is unique and different in some way.”

In receiving the book Mr Batey thanked Millie for her gift and pledged to continue to support her and this very worthwhile cause, as well as all of the children at Barrowby School by celebrating everyone’s individual gifts and talents.

Strong and Mighty Max is a beautifully illustrated book which encourages children to not focus on outward appearances, but to look at the heart.

Aimed at 0 to seven-year-olds, Strong and Mighty Max will particularly appeal to families affected by rare genetic conditions, and specifically a form of dwarfism.

To find out more visit the website at http://www.strongandmightymax.com/ or follow ‘Strong and Mighty Max’ on Facebook.