Childrens books about Pet Rats.
Tommy Glatzmayer, right, wrote a book about his sister Melanie, left, who has Cornelia de Lange syndrome and their pet rats. (Ashley Burke/CBC)
An eight-year-old author read to his Manotick, Ont., classmates Wednesday, from a book he has written about his older sister’s battle with a rare medical condition.
Tommy Glatzmayer is a student at St. Leonard’s Catholic School and the author of Melanie and Tommy have Two Pet Rats and One Syndrome — a book about how his sister Melanie is dealing with Cornelia de Lange syndrome.
“Downs syndrome, autism, Tourette’s syndrome … it’s not like a mosquito bite,” Tommy read from the book.
“My sister was born with Cornelia de Lange syndrome and it won’t go away over night.”
Cornelia de Lange syndrome is a rare condition marked by a distinctive facial appearance, psychomotor delays and feeding difficulties. Around 100 Canadians have the disorder, which is believed to be caused by a mutated gene.
Melanie Glatzmayer’s trouble speaking and hearing in class often made her the subject of jokes at school, some of which were bad enough to send her younger brother home in tears.
“They were saying her work wasn’t very good, and she wasn’t doing proper sentences,” he said.
And so when he was 6-years-old, Tommy began writing a book about his sister and their pet rats along with his mother, Nathalie Wendling. His self-published book has now sold 3,000 copies, and made his sister the talk of the class again — in a good way, this time.
Classmates said it was “really cool” how Tommy stood up for his sister, and that Melanie will be looked at “like a star” now that she’s in a book.
For Tommy, it was a thrill to read to a gymnasium full of his classmates.
“Some things are for sure. Melanie has a syndrome. We have so much fun together. We will be friends forever. We will have pet rats one after another one after another.”
From Publishers Weekly
Animals race for a place in the Zodiac in this “complex and well-told” Chinese folktale, said PW, praising the “striking” design and dark, scumbled charcoal and pastel art. Ages 3-7. Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From School Library Journal
Kindergarten-Grade 3? In this version of the story behind the Chinese zodiac, the Emperor challenges all of the creatures to a race through forest and river, saying he will name each of the 12 years in the cycle after the winners. Rat and Cat, the best of friends, ask the water buffalo to carry them across the river. In sight of the finish line, Rat pushes Cat into the water and jumps off the buffalo’s back, coming in first. “And that is why, to this very day, Cat and Rat are enemies.” Young tells the story in lively, spare prose, and includes a chart of the signs and their characteristics. His charcoal and pastel drawings on dark blue and buff rice paper are elegant and full of action. Yet because of the somber colors, the pictures are hard to read, especially from a distance. Setting white type on black background only adds to the gloom. Monica Chang’s The Story of the Chinese Zodiac (Pan Asian, 1994), a bilingual import, illustrates the same story with paper sculptures that are brighter but more conventional, and without a chart connecting years to animals. Clara Yen’s Why Rat Comes First (Childrens, 1991) tells a different version, and provides chart signs and years with brief explanations of the characteristics. Since 1996 will be the Year of the Rat, schools and libraries planning Chinese New Year celebrations can use Young’s title, although the shadowed passion of his drawings forms an uneasy partnership with what is essentially a light trickster tale.?Margaret A. Chang, North Adams State College, MA
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. –This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From School Library Journal
Grade 4-8-Crocker has created a realistic fantasy world, set in the swampland of Florida and populated with the animals that reside there. This timeless tale of an unexpected hero is narrated in a traditional folklore style by a mole who tells “every bit, just as it was. The rest I made up, as best I could.” Ossie is the runt of his swamp rat litter. When his parents and siblings are devoured by an evil rattlesnake, he escapes, and is surprised to find himself cared for by Uncle Will, a huge and ancient alligator. Will teaches him how to survive and trust himself, even imparting thousands of years’ worth of history available only through alligator memory in his dreams. From Will, Ossie learns about the Indians, runaway slaves, and the poachers who have inhabited the area. As the young rat gains self-confidence, he befriends turtles, birds, possums, armadillos, and especially a beautiful young swamp rat, Emma. As the seasons pass, the drought Click here to Purchase!
From Publishers Weekly
The fresh and credible voices that Cox (Now We Can Have a Wedding!) attributes to her young characters give this brief, quick-moving novel plenty of life. When her teacher announces that the class can adopt a pet, Rosemary decides, “Any pet would do. So long as it wasn’t a rat.” Much to her horror, that’s exactly what the class adopts. But as Rosemary gets to know “Cheese,” she has a change of heart that may well reassure youngsters who harbor similar fears about animals. Cox treats readers to a number of funny moments, as when Rosemary, determined to keep the rat away from her nemesis (who has referred to the class pet as “cat bait”), smuggles it home under her sweater; later that afternoon on a trip to get her braces tightened, the pet escapes and terrifies her orthodontist. The author also interjects some endearing asides between Rosemary and her toddler brother, Spot, as when she hides Cheese in her room and Spot spots him: “Me wants Mousey.”