About the Book

“The Little King” is about my wise and funny sage (and son), eight-year-old Louie Rotella the IV, who was born with Down Syndrome.
I wrote this book because I wanted to give children—and their parents and teachers—access to some of the lessons, and all of the laughter, that Louie brings into my life and that of everyone he meets. (more…)

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Foreword by Chris Burke »

I just loved reading, “The Little King and his Marshmallow Kingdom.” It reminded me so much of my childhood. The Little King, Louis IV, shows us what fun it can be to have an imagination and put it to good use in our everyday lives. He, like so many with Down syndrome, brings such joy to his family, friends, and community. There is no doubt that those with Down syndrome have put smiles on the faces of many. It is my hope and desires that those with special needs will continue to create goals, strive to achieve those goals, and to never give up on their dreams. As I love to say, “It’s our ability that matters most.”

Here’s to a great
life with lots of

Chris Burke

-Chris Burke

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Oh boy, what was I in for?

He had a twinkle in his eye and a smile from ear to ear and a mischievous grin. Oh boy, what was I in for?

I first met Louie when I was a substitute teacher at Spring Ridge Elementary School in Elkhorn. (more…)