Peter’s Lullaby: A Song Without Words That Held a Little Girl’s Life Together is the most horrific true story I have ever read, and one of such heartache and pain of a child’s remembrance of child abuse that is beyond imaginable. I thought I knew what child abuse was, but reading it in detail, it’s not just what we hear or see in the evening news of a child being shaken to death (which is horrible enough). The daily life the author, Jeanne Fowler, went through, including seeing her little brother die is beyond comprehension. Her parents did not hang paintings or their drawings on the wall. They hung their children on walls, in closets and bathrooms, for days at a time. It was her brother, Peter’s hushed lullaby that he would sing after a beating to console himself and allow him to sleep. Jeanne would listen for his lullaby that also comforted her and know he was okay. When his lullaby ended, little Peter died. Jeanne barely knew what it was like as a child, to sleep in a bed. The abuse not only came from her birth parents, but in multiple foster homes.
Who should read this? Anyone who is considering foster care or adoption, to know what children might come from. It’s for teachers, police officers, and neighbors who are concerned. And, Peter’s Lullaby: A Song Without Words That Held a Little Girl’s Life Together is for anyone who has been abused, to find you are not alone and can recover.
“Every time I was beaten or neglected, it tore my life. When my brother was murdered it ripped my heart. When I was moved from foster home to foster home it tattered my soul. When no one loved me it cut my spirit into little tiny pieces.
Then one day a nice lady made me a beautiful patchwork quilt. I marveled at the craftsmanship and wrapped myself in its love.
Slowly it dawned on me. I could choose the good pieces of my tattered life and stitch myself back together.”
Not only has Jeanne written this book, she also gives speeches and presentations of what she went through and what to look for regarding child abuse.
If you are interested in reading this book or would like to give to someone, I would like to pass my copy on. You need only pay for the postage ($3) to be shipped to you through PayPal. Just leave me a note below and I will pick the first person who leaves a response & pays (I will send you a PayPal shipping invoice), and remove this notice. You r comment may not show up if you’ve not left a comment before, but will take first respondant. Thank you. ~Loni