Take a journey to Celtic Sunsets Ranch and meet Destiny, an alpaca with a promising future in the show ring. Find out what happens when the farmer and his wife make a shocking discovery about their prized alpaca. Could it be that Destiny’s purpose is not the one that everyone expects, but the one that no one has imagined? Anyone who has struggled to overcome obstacles or supported someone else’s struggle, will identify with the characters in this touching read-aloud.
A portion of the proceeds from this book will be donated to the National Alopecia Areata Foundation – to advance research for a cure, to educate the public about this condition, to provide hair prosthetics for children in need, and to bring child sufferers to national conferences to meet other children like themselves. The book’s storyline imparts a character building message, while its non-fiction features (glossary, information text and real photographs) serve to educate children about alpacas and alopecia. For parents and teachers, there are downloadable resources to extend the experience for young children at home and school-aged children in the classroom.
Dr Benjamin Barankin, right, presents Ms Shannon Cassidy-Rouleau, left, with the CDA Public Education Award in the Media-Print category.
The Canadian Dermatology Association's Public Education Award in media (print) category was presented to Shannon Cassidy-Rouleau for her children's book Destiny's Purpose. This children's' book is very well-written and is beautifully illustrated. The book tells a tale of a young alpaca, Destiny, and teaches children about the hair condition alopecia. The story is touching and quite informative, it's a very unique educational tool.