Join us on Saturday, November 26th, for the return of author Pat Kittelson from 11 AM - 2 PM for a sidewalk signing for her newest book, BIXLEY BAINES AND THE THIRSTY CHICKENS.
Alarmed by the disappearance of many species of animals and climate changes and working with scientists around the world, Pat has created a series of children’s books featuring Bixley Baines – a solitary knitter, who cares deeply for protecting earth’s beautiful creatures. In this story, Bixley is contacted by Abuela from the mountains of Mexico when her chickens drink pond water after a big rainstorm. Bixley and Abuela must figure out how to clean the pond water using prickly pear cactus pads - a solution Abuela learned long ago from her Tia. Based on research by Dr. Norma Alcantar of the University of South Florida the story promotes a local solution that can be applied to global clean water concerns.
About the author: Pat Kittelson grew up in Minnesota and graduated from the University of Minnesota college of education. She went on to complete a master’s degree in library science with an emphasis in early children’s literature. Pat, working with illustrator Brooke Connor, started writing books for children in 1978 for the Bryce Canyon Natural History Association. She went on to serve in the Peace Corps in Western Samoa. Back to the United States to raise two sons then on graduate school and eventually to work as a librarian in New Zealand. Upon returning to the United States in 2001 Pat continued her working career in medical research administration. After retiring Pat moved to Montana following her grandchildren and becoming a Missoulian.