In her new book, “Smile with Simon” (published by Lulu), Patricia Ann Simon R.N., shares a story of a bird named Simon and girl named Patty who bond when they realize they both have scars.
“There are very few books out there for children that address facial differences,” says Simon. “Respect people for their physical and emotional differences.”
Simon, a bright, red cardinal, hatched from his shell with a big gap in his beak. Patty was born with a cleft lip and palate. Simon and Patty become friends when they realize they both have a “badge of courage.” They may both have a scar but that does not stop them from realizing that they are beautiful. Because of Patty, Simon realizes it’s ok to be different. He helps teach his friends – Fallon, Susie, Pixie, Coco, Jose, Pete and Mark – that everyone is special in their own way.
“(The book) speaks to children and adults,” Simon says. “It’s a message for everyone reminding them that it’s ok to be different. Extend your hand to others and be kind. Just because someone looks or acts differently doesn’t make them any less of a person. They have the same feelings as everyone else.”
“Smile with Simon”
By Patricia Ann Simon R.N.
Softcover | 8.5 x 8.5 in | 32 pages | ISBN 9780998878607
E-Book | 32 pages | ISBN 9780998878614
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble
About the Author
Patricia Simon R.N., was born in 1961 with a cleft lip and palate and has undergone many surgeries. She has dedicated her life to advocating for those affected by cleft lip and palate. Simon is passionate about educating and helping others to provide quality care to patients affected by clefts and craniofacial differences. She has also written “Simon and the Buddy Branch.”
Lulu empowers people of all ages to explore and express their interests, passions and expertise through books, photography and art. Since introducing self-publishing in 2002, Lulu has empowered creators in more than 225 countries and territories to produce nearly two million publications. Lulu Jr. allows children to become published authors, encouraging creativity, strengthening literacy and building self-esteem. Picture.com offers professional photography of collegiate and professional sports, memorable and historic events, fine art and home décor. For more information, please visit lulu.com.
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