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A family affair

Book sponsorships pay most, but not all, of the cost of creating and printing a book. That helps us keep prices low, for schools, for visitors, and the growing number of Lao people who have enough income to consider buying a low-priced book. We asked sponsors to tell us why they decided to do so.

Photo of sponsor Our sponsorhip of the delightful book, 'The Story of Dr Dolittle - Pirates Attacked Dr. Dolittle As He Was Sailing Home,' has created so much joy in our family.

Originally, the thought was to honour our parents, Peter and Shirley Devine, by sponsoring a book after their deaths to keep their names alive, while helping the children of Laos. But then, the idea of them knowing how much they are loved by their children, grandhildren and great grandchildren became more important than a memoriam.

It was decided to sponsor the book while they are still with us and for them to have the pleasure of seeing their names in print and knowing the influence they'll be having on improving the literacy of children in Laos for generations to come.

We had a special presentation for our parents and it was the most amazing moment seeing the look on their faces when they opened the book. It is something that we all can treasure forever, long after they've gone.

I encourage anyone who wants to do something extra special for someone they love, and to make a profound difference in the lives of children who are not as privileged as us, to not hesitate in sponsoring a book with Big Brother Mouse. The feelings created for all involved are unimaginable.

Our thanks go to Sasha Alyson and Chittakone Vilayphong for making this possible for our family.

Vicki Roberts, Australia

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