The small-dotted girl
The book that teaches children to accept DIFFERENCE
de: Maria do Rosário Poças
This book is based on a true story. Mariana is just like any other girl. She likes princesses and dolls. Although she is only five, she finds out she has a skin disease known as vitiligo. Her body starts getting little white dots which grow into large white patches.
Mariana gets bullied. The grown-up kids start telling her she will turn into a cow. The little girl suffers in silence, turns away from everyone else and cries alone.
Her grandmother begins an awareness work in order to teach the children in her school to accept the difference. With Vitoria, a doll with unique features, and another one very much alike a talented and well-known singer who suffers from the same disease, the grandmother takes the children on a journey towards accepting difference.
Mariana sends a message to all the children reading this book: “I don’t care having these little dots anymore. The cheetah has dots just like me, and that’s my favourite animal!”