As the coordinator of the Achondroplasia ALPE Foundation indicated, if stories and literature in general help us to develop as people, and identification is a basic factor in the process, then children with achondroplasia meet -as they realise their “difference”, and even if they do not meet their hero- a character with whom they identify. Their physical features are not left unnoticed, not by themselves or by anyone.

The publication of this story has great symbolic value for people with achondroplasia and their family. Being able to read a story to our children -whether achondroplastic or not- whose hero is bold and intelligent and who saves an entire village! As they get older, children want to be … everything. Just like the poet Aurelio González Ovies remembered during a lovely talk about stories, childhood and dreams.

Later three round tables were formed: one of a political and social character, with the presence of regional and local government representatives as well as the Attorney General of the Principality; the other of an educational character; and, finally, the table of the author, the illustrator, Verónica García Ardura (beautiful illustrations), the editor and the protagonist, Héctor!

As with all of ALPE’s acts, the excitement at the meeting and the re-encounter between affected people and friends was gratifying, and another reason for all those who travelled to Gijon from various parts of Spain. The espicha (a kind of Asturian meal, eaten on foot, with cider) was (another) opportunity to relax and chat. Our hearts are overflowing, and as the phrase that is repeated once again says: “We are leaving with our batteries charged”. In this link you can see a gallery of photos from the event (the greater part of the story is by Inmaculada Muniay):

Presentation of “Let the sun come out!”