My Art, My World-ebook

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Rita Winkler, a young woman with Down syndrome, shows us the world as she sees it through her art: a place full of joy and color.

Rita: Do we have any boxes?

Mom: Sure, Why do you need a box?

Rita: My teacher says I have to think outside the box!

Approaching her daily life with enthusiasm and humour, Rita rides public transit to her job working at a university coffee shop. She takes yoga and folk dance classes and enjoys drama and music at a day program, and she practices using sign language. In My Art, My World, Rita shows us her love for the world through her great passion: making beautiful and fun works of art.

Proceeds from the sale of this book will be donated to organizations that enhance the lives of people with developmental disabilities.

Praise & Recognition

"[Rita's] wry and cheery voice easily reflects her joyful life." CM: Canadian Review of Materials
★ "...Winkler’s artistic styles display a sophisticated level of variety. ... For all art bookshelves." The Globe & Mail

"Rita’s world is vibrant and colourful... By using her art to capture her world, Rita’s creativity helps to destigmatize disability in this joyous celebration of the power of art."

CanLit for Little Canadians

"With a boldness of intent and line, Rita Winkler invites us to meet her and enter her world, one of artistic temperament, not of disability or limitations."

Kenora Miner and News

"A fantastic read for all ages."

Canadian Children's Book Centre's Best Books for Kids & Teens, Spring 2022 2022


Publication Date: October 19, 2021

Reading Age: 6 - 8

Genre: Children's Nonfiction

Product Format: E-book – EPUB

Pages: 32

ISBN: 978-1-77260-259-3

Rita Winkler

About the Author

Rita Winkler

Rita Winkler is a young woman with Down syndrome. She was born in Calgary, Alberta, and currently lives in Toronto, Ontario, with her mother Helen. Rita works in the Coffee Shed in New College at the University of Toronto, part of the Common Ground Cooperative, a social purpose enterprise. Rita also attends the Dani-Toronto day program. She is particularly proud of being able to travel to Dani and Coffee Shed independently, using public transit.

In her free time, Rita enjoys social media, listening to music, watching movies, writing newsletter articles, and being with friends and family.

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