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The Story of a Child Born Too SoonSmall Wonder book

I could hardly put this book down—it thrills and educates—and although the physical and emotional adventures Sarah and her mother experience are part of my daily professional life, I saw them all again as if for the first time. Small Wonder is not just for those in the healing professions or for the parents of preemies. It is a must read for anyone who rejoices when life triumphs.

--Courtney Davis, author of I Knew a Woman: Four Women Patients and their Female Caregivers

The intimate detail of the story brings the reader from the hospital chaos to the caregiver commitment and deep into the personal lives of family where the heart of the mother connects to the soul of her baby to birth a miracle of a story. This is required reading for my students and a “must read” for my friends.

—Genevieve E. Chandler, RN, PhD, Director of Second Bachelor’s Program, School of Nursing, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

LaScala writes beautifully; the book is filled with lines I wish I’d written but couldn’t have and with vivid details that linger in the mind like those fingerprints on baby Sarah’s translucent skin. Heartbreaking and heartwarming by turns, Small Wonder will offer comfort and inspiration not only to mothers and fathers of children who are “born too soon,” but to all parents.

—George Howe Colt, author of The Big House: A Century in the Life of an American Summer Home

For clinicians and readers in general, this book is a page-turner. The language is poetic, clinical, and mysterious, as well as precise in the definitions of medical and nursing procedures. Beautiful language and a compelling story—impossible to put down once you start.

—Judy Schaefer, RNC, MA, editor, The Poetry of Nursing, Poems and Commentaries of Leading Nurse Poets