Dream It, Believe It, Manatee Patty™
About the Book
“Save the Manatee Club is honored to be featured in Dream It, Believe It, Manatee Patty. This endearing tale of Manatee Patty, a young lady improving the lives of manatees and other wildlife, is not just a story but an inspiration to take positive action. To echo what our chairman, Jimmy Buffet, has said: ‘We’ve accomplished a lot, but there’s still so much more to be done.’” – Patrick Rose, CPM Aquatic Biologist and Executive Director Save the Manatee Club savethemanateeclub.org Eight-year-old Manatee Patty is fascinated with marine life, especially manatees, Florida’s sea cows. Her dream is to live in a world where everyone takes responsibility to protect wildlife and conserve our beautiful planet. On Manatee Patty’s birthday, her next-door neighbor gives her a dreamcatcher with magical powers. Each time she holds her dreamcatcher and closes her eyes, beautiful photographs of manatees and other species from throughout the world are magically revealed. Now she must wait to see if her gift will breathe life into her dream of protecting her planet and all its creatures. Manatee Patty’s life changes suddenly when she is told that her father’s new job will include an unexpected move from tropical Florida to Wyoming in the dead of winter. Will this upcoming move be helpful or a setback in following her dreams? Will her friends in Florida stay in touch after she moves? Will her dream of becoming a biologist like her dad or an assistant to her aunt, an international photojournalist, be realized? In this delightful children’s book, a little girl on a determined journey discovers the first step to make her dreams come true is to believe.
About the Author
Jenny Rose was an educator for more than three decades teaching students ranging from kindergarten to the university level. Her love of children, reading, environmental science, and her Native American ancestors is revealed in the book, Dream It, Believe It, Manatee Patty™.
Jenny’s commitment to wildlife protection and conservation of our environment is much like Manatee Patty’s. Mr. Timberlake’s classroom and the Manatee Elementary Science Club are based on lessons she taught as an elementary teacher and an environmental science club sponsor. As a grant writer, she was invited to evaluate materials for the North American Association for Environmental Education. During her tenure, awards were presented to Will Rogers Elementary in Edmond, OK, from the local, state, and national levels.
Chitto Kyle, the Native American storyteller in the book, mirrors the great storytellers in her life as a child, her maternal grandfather, and paternal grandmother. Also, one of her Muscogee (Creek) ancestors was orphaned on the Trail of Tears, a tragic story passed down for generations in her mother’s family.
In addition to writing, Jenny enjoys spending time with her family and traveling throughout the United States and Europe with her husband. Her faith, family, and friends are invaluable.