Book Details

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Just Like Me!

 

Just Like Me! was written to help all children understand that boys and girls with any rare disease are just like them. They may look or act different, but inside they are just kids, like them.

 

Hopefully the book will help encourage understanding of all children who are differently-abled. Such an important life lesson!


This book was inspired by Gina Rugari. Gina was diagnosed with Krabbe disease, a leukodystrophy, just weeks after she was born. Her journey to high school was filled with joy, laughter, tears, struggles and so many accomplishments. She loved crazy, painted fingernails, Girl Scouts, and watching American Idol. She made art, played soccer, and was great on the computer. Even though she continued to lose muscle control and finger dexterity during her life she became a wonderful teacher. She was a lesson in love, bravery, and persistence for so many classmates, teammates, friends and adults. Gina's smile could light up a room.


Please use the story in this book to give your smile away to someone who may be different in some way,
but is Just Like You!


Just Like Me! is beautifully illustrated by a variety of young artists who created images to depict an event
that occurred in Gina’s life. Each page enlightens the reader about the life of a girl with a rare disease.

Each book ordered from this website will be signed by Anne Rugari.

 

Just Like Me Too!

 

Just Like Me Too! is a teaching tool for parents and teachers who want to help children understand and accept others.  

 

Children can be taught to recognize and celebrate everyone’s unique differences! This book and my first book, “Just Like Me!” will help all children understand that boys and girls who don’t look like them or act like them are just like them on the inside. All boys and girls have dreams, hopes, and goals with the only difference being how they accomplish them.

 

This book will help encourage inclusivity and understanding of all children who are differently-abled. It’s such an important life lesson!

 

Just Like Me Too! is illustrated by Gina Rugari. Every page showcases a piece of Gina’s original artwork and
shares Gina’s views on the creation of each unique piece of art. Included in this book are actual pictures of
Gina that go hand in hand with her artistic ability.


Each book ordered from this website will be signed by Anne Rugari.

 

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