On the first day of school the Katt family kittens meet Freddy who is in a wheelchair and cannot join in their games. Is Freddy no fun or does he have talents of his own?
FREDDY’S NO FUN? is the third in a series of books about understanding differences. It furthers the exploration of differences and how to foster inclusion. This book tells the story of FREDDY, a kitten in a wheelchair, who is thought to be no fun because he cannot participate in standard games. In getting to know him, the other kittens discover that he has hidden talents. It includes a series of questions for teachers and parents to help encourage discussion about understanding differences. Patti the Pest, the second in the series, concerns hearing. Monty the Menace, the first in the series, concerns vision and won a Gold Mom’s Choice Award for Children’s Books.
The goals of this and other books in the series are to increase the understanding of differences and to emphasize the fact that those with differences are not really different after all!
“The third book of this series reminds us of the importance of inclusiveness and friendship. We all have strengths and challenges. Lonna Baum looks beyond Freddy’s disability and demonstrates his abilities and worth as a friend.” — Deborah Sedore, P.T. for 45 years, Lead Physical Therapist (ret.), Walk the Line Recovery Therapy
About the Author
Lonna Baum graduated from Boston University with a degree in physical therapy. After working in the field for many years and volunteering in a disability awareness program for first and second graders, she decided to expand children’s understanding of differences through literature. Monty the Menace, which won a Gold Mom’s Choice Award, was the first in a series of books with this goal in mind. Patti the Pest and Freddy’s No Fun? are the second and third books in the series. Lonna lives in Michigan with her husband and has two children and two granddaughters.
About the Illustrator
Dave Messing, also a Michigan resident, is a noted advertising designer, illustrator, and teacher with past work featured on television, and billboards, and in print, film, and national magazines. His latest venture is illustrating award winning children’s books. Titles include: Nick the Wise Old Cat by Linda Sicks; Have You Filled A Bucket Today? by Carol McCloud; Myrtle the Hurdler and her Pink and Purple, Polka-Dotted Girdle by Marybeth Dillon-Butler; We All Have a Godlight by Christine Banker; Monty the Menace, Patti the Pest, and Freddy’s No Fun? by Lonna Baum. www.davidmessingstudio.com
MESSING’S HONORS INCLUDE:
Monty the Menace
- Winner of Gold Mom’s Choice Award for Best Children’s Picture Book
Nick the Wise Old Cat
- 5 Gold Mom’s Choice Awards for Best Children’s Picture Book Series
- Parent’s Choice Award
Have You Filled A Bucket Today?
- Silver/Gold Nautilus Book Awards
- DIY International Book Festival; Writer’s Digest; Books and Authors.net; Mom’s Choice Award; Top Ten Children’s Books’ Best You Can Be Award; Honorable Mention London Book Festival
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