Use storybooks to teach children about inclusivity and diversity
Catalina and the King’s Wall (May 5, 2018, Eifrig Publishing, ages 4 -8, by Patty Costello, PhD.) follows Catalina, a brilliant and busy baker who works for a tyrant king. When Catalina hears of the King’s plans to build a wall around the kingdom to keep the neighboring village out, she fears her family won’t ever be able to visit her again. Catalina tries to trick the King into building a wall that won’t stand up to the wind or rain – but he keeps demanding something more and more impenetrable. In the end, her cookie dough wall does remains steadfast in the face of a fierce storm, much to Catalina’s chagrin. At the last minute, she tricks the King into giving into his gluttonous ways, as he eats the entire wall, and Catalina is once again reunited with her family.
“Catalina and the King’s Wall is a fun story, but it also teaches kids how to stand by their convictions and practice inclusivity and compassion, even when powerful people tell them not to,” says Costello, who has a PhD in neuroscience and is the program director of the BS Psychology Program at Walden University.
About the Author: Patty Costello, PhD. lives in Boise, Idaho with her husband, a zany awesome toddler, a dog named Pippa, and a dog named Spencer. She grew up in the Twin Cities and is a Minnesotan at heart (you betcha!). She has a PhD in Neuroscience from the University of Minnesota and works in higher education. “Catalina and the King’s Wall” is her first book and is published by Eifrig Publishing. At all hours of the day (and night) she can be found standing at her desk, helping her university run smoothly and working on her next children’s book. For fun, she likes to trail run, mountain bike, cross country ski, and hike. She is also a voracious volunteer for various local organizations.More information at: https://www.pattycostellobooks.com. Connect with Costello on Instagram and Twitter.
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