Writing 'Different' becomes a mini-phenomenon
One day, after Delaney Wilder got home from school last February, she ran up to her room and was very busy. When she came downstairs it was to show her mother a book Delaney had written, a book called "Different."
She told her mom she wanted to publish the book, so her former pre-school teacher Jill Marshall had it bound. Delaney gave them to her friends as birthday favors and to others to read and understand.
At the time, Delaney was a second-grader at Ninety-One School. Instead of giving a reason why she wrote the book, she simply said, "I felt like somebody did (need it) and I just started writing and it all came out. It just popped into my head."
She has a lot of reasons why she thinks the book is so important. One, sometimes people try not to get involved if someone is being mean, she said, but that's not a good thing to do. She and her mom suggest it's better to talk to the person and make sure they're okay.
"When people are mean to me, I just tell them to stop," she said. "And if somebody's being bullied, the book would make them feel better."
The now 8-year old's book is about how everyone is different and that doesn't make us weird. And everyone likes different things. The book says that we all think differently. For example, one girl is mad at another because she doesn't like cats, but the other girl is helping a boy with a cat because she likes cats.
Delaney's book also tells people it is okay to make mistakes because we all do. And sometimes it is okay to make a mistake and then make a friend.
"We don't need to be perfect…but we do need to have a friend," is the book's last sentence.
There are cute pictures of boys and girls being mean and making mistakes and becoming friends.
Delaney likes to swim, almost daily in the summer, and does gymnastics 11 months of the year. She also draws, paints and writes. In fact, she wants to be a writer.
She has given away most of the 40 copies that were printed for her book and even autographed many of them.
"She is born with a good heart," said Susie Wilder, her mom.
It's her two proud grandmas who got the idea to show off their granddaughter's work by calling the media, and were glad they did.
She will be on television on Thursday, July 11, on KATU, Channel 2 on the Kind is Better segment at 6 p.m.