The Katt family kittens meet their cousin Patti at a family reunion but they are disappointed because she will not play with them. Can they find out why and solve the problem?
PATTI THE PEST is the second in a series of books about understanding differences. It continues the exploration of how it feels to be “different” and how to comfortably accept oneself. This book tells the story of Patti, a kitten with a hearing problem, and her unwillingness to wear her hearing aid because of how she thinks it makes her look. Her cousins help her understand how much better it is to wear the hearing aid and to be able to interact with others. It includes a series of questions suitable for teachers and parents to help encourage discussion about understanding differences. Monty the Menace, the first in the series, 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!
“Hearing impairments profoundly affect a child’s ability to be accepted and included. A sense of isolation and loneliness can significantly impact their lives. Explaining the challenges Patti faces will help a young generation embrace inclusion. Lonna Baum’s delightful book offers a path towards acceptance, understanding, and friendship for our future.” — David M. Stokes, J.D. , Professor, Sign Language Studies, Madonna University (ret.)
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 is the second book in the series to be followed by Freddy’s No Fun. 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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