By Kristin Sullivan
Leavenworth Times, Leavenworth, Kansas, April 20, 2006
Drawing from her own experiences as a mother, a Fort Leavenworth resident has recently published a book dedicated to her own children and children everywhere.
Rebecca Gittrich Whitecotton will conduct an author signing and workshop from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 22 at the Book Barn, 410 Delaware, to debut her new book, “Child of Mine, Know This.”
The book, a poem addressed to children from their parents, is full of photographs of families. In the workshop, Whitecotton said, “the book can be personalized by people taking their own pictures and putting them over the pictures in the book.”
The book is also designed to allow parents to insert a dedication in the book, Whitecotton said.
“Once they see it, they go, ‘Wow, this is really cool,’” Whitecotton said of the book’s format.
The book’s message is a spiritual one, Whitecotton said. The prose, she said, is a warm and earnest reminder that the bond between parent and child was created over the course of many lifetimes and the promises made between people ensure that we are beloved throughout the journey of life.”
“Child of Mine, Know This” is a series of promises to children designed to help them understand their place in the world and the greater significances of their life.
As well as being a mother and writer, Whitecotton is an editor, graphic designer and self-publisher. She wrote the book when her children, Ethan and Alison, were 5 and 3. “Child of Mine” is Whitecotton’s first children’s book, she said.
Calling the book’s theme “metaphysical,” Whitecotton’s book is spiritual and hints at reincarnation, with phrases addressed to the child such as “You are a wise and ancient soul who has come to this earth to shine your light on all humanity.”