I recently read a book by Patricia Kieta with my 8 year old son in which he identified himself! The book, Lenny Finds His Line, tells of young Lenny’s distracted day, during which he tries to figure out what his mom could mean by an offhand statement she made in the morning when he was rushing out to the school bus
“Lenny, I do believe you’ve lost your line!”
By the time the school day is winding down, Lenny understands what it means, and is determined to not to lose his line by following distractions.
Initially, I was worried that the concept would be to lofty for my 8 year old to capture, but he pointed out at several places in the colorful pages where he saw himself: “he’s just like me, Mom”. I was so excited by his identification with Lenny AND with the concepts in the book. When we neared the end Elijah said “I can find my line, Mom.”
We’ve now read this book several times, and it helps Elijah identify distractions for what they are – those things that derail him from his intended point of focus.
Patricia Kieta, author, has been writing for friends and family for years, always finding great satisfaction in sharing the written word, and in reading daily with her children and grandchildren. The move to writing children’s books was a natural next step; making learning and fun available to more children.
In Lenny Finds His Line, the lesson is on focus and is naturally conveyed to the reader through Lenny’s journey through the day. In the next book, “Lenny Loses His Z”, readers are introduced to Lenny’s best friend Grace and are introduced to teamwork. Kieta says “The story has a nice twist in it again for the children to enjoy”. Look for that book to be available relatively soon!
Oh yeah – look for more of Grace in the third book, too! This is a series we plan on following.
UPDATE FROM THE AUTHOR: The best way to place an order is by e-mail email@example.com; this way I can discount the book to $11.00 from the $12.99 cost on amazon, 2 moon and Barnes and Noble. The cost will include shipping, but there won’t be any taxes.
Also, I do readings for free at schools and libraries in the Illinois, Indiana and Southwest Michigan area and only ask that an order form be sent home with the children prior to the reading. The books for these readings are signed and then distributed the day of; and the educational system gets the price of $10.00.