New juvenile fiction sends an uplifting message on self-esteem, conquering limitations

SAN MARCOS, Texas — This week marks the nationwide release of “I Love My Red Wagon,” an inspiring new book by author Angel Arredondo.

One word describes what a timeless toy brought a little girl with special needs: freedom.

In “I Love My Red Wagon,” readers will see how one seemingly ordinary toy contributed to a little girl’s self-esteem, confidence and mobility. With her wagon, she was able to have fun and join in on all the activities a school day brings. Despite her physical limitations, she quickly learned that she could still do anything her friends could do.

Although her hands were slightly bent and her legs did not allow her to walk, she became a motivated student, a playful friend and an independent girl. With her wagon, she could do anything she set her mind to.

Published by Tate Publishing and Enterprises, the book is available through bookstores nationwide, from the publisher at www.tatepublishing.com/bookstore, or by visiting barnesandnoble.com or amazon.com.

Arredondo was born with a rare condition called arthrogryposis multiplex congenita (AMC). She is a wife and mother of a daughter in college. Arredondo has overcome many obstacles that most people would consider far too difficult, considering her limitations.

In the past, she was a toddler teacher for six years, and then she moved on to be a substitute teacher for nine years at the same public school she attended. At this time, Arredondo, who is based in Texas, is a very active advocate for disability rights, a keynote speaker, founder of Project Hope Rolls and an inclusion model for PhotoAbility.net. She recently became the first runner-up for Ms. Wheelchair Texas.

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