by Dr. Karen Hutchins Pirnot
About this book!
Peter Michael Henderson is a bench warmer in the Millard baseball Little league. He has visions of hitting imaginary balls and scoring runs for his team but his visions are mostly fantasies until he gets up in a difficult situation in which he can either be the hero or the villian. Instead of his moment of glory, Peter sustains a life threatening injury and he gives up hope of ever having a meaningful life. Just at the time Peter wants to give up, his younger sister Alicia decides to provide Peter with some rather unorthodox therapy in the form of tough sister love. Alicia’s interventions turn Peter’s world upside down and force him into a world he never could have imagined for himself.
Paperback: 272 pages
MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK
This is a book that will benefit each child or adult that reads it. Peter can no longer play the game of baseball, something he loves to do. This is because Peter was is a quadriplegic because of a horrible accident playing the game. Now he has to deal with those in his school bullying him about his disability. This book is especially special to me now, because my 12 year old cousin in Florida, one I never got to meet, took her life a few months ago because of the horrific bullying from other young girls in the area. How horrible that kids feel they need to make fun of others that are different. When in reality, kids should be praising and uplifting their fellow students because of the difficulties they overcome daily in order to live.
This is truly a book that every school age child should read! Dr. Pirnot has written many awesome children’s books, and I label this one as my favorite of hers so far. I strongly encourage you to pick up a copy of Peter, the Pole and the Knob for your child to read, and I also encourage everyone who reads this to make sure the school and public libraries in your area have this book on their shelves.
I received this book from the author, Dr. Karen Hutchins Pirnot to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.
ABOUT THIS AUTHOR
Dr. Pirnot has worked with children and families in various capacities for the past fifty years. While in private practice in Iowa, she worked extensively with children and adults in the juvenile justice system. She has also worked in consultating for schools and hospitals.
As a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Dr. Pirnot has spoken to groups and lectured in universities. In addition to her work with children and families, Dr. Pirnot has worked with female inmates in the prison system and with death and dying issues with geriatric residents in long term care facilities.
Dr. Pirnot is married, with three children whom she raised prior to her return to school for graduate work. After moving from Iowa, she had a private practice in Sarasota, Florida prior to her retirement in 2005.
Following her retirement, Dr. Pirnot began to publish books she had written during her clinical practice years. She writes about the imagination and motivation of children while attempting to empower the child characters in her books. Many of her adult novels also contain interactions with children, with emphasis on respectful and growth-oriented interactions between and among the generations.
Dr. Pirnot has completed an award-winning series about special needs children. She is currently writing a mid-grade series about special needs children who strive to live ordinary lives through facing adversity and coming out winners. The series is entitled Ordinary Kids and it features individuals with paralysis, brain trauma, blindness, obesity and personal family frustrations.