"Cinco the Clinic Cat is dedicated to the people of Honduras, who have shown warm hospitality. To honor their heritage, proceeds from book sales will go to charities that support medical clinics and provide supplies to those in need in Latin America."
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Dallas, Texas (PRWEB) May 17, 2011
Meet Cinco, the real life clinic cat who inspired author Carol Brickell to pen Cinco the Clinic Cat (Brown Books Publishing Group), a story about kindness and a friendship between a little girl in need of a friend, and a cat in need of a home. Written in English and Spanish, Cinco the Clinic Cat takes place at a medical clinic in Latin America. Beautifully illustrated by Jim Hastings, who captures the spirit of the culture through his vivid watercolors, Cinco the Clinic Cat is full of important life lessons for young readers and adults alike.
Brickell first encountered the real life clinic cat during one of her annual trips to a medical clinic located in La Cieba, Honduras, where as one of 24 volunteers from the United States, she administers eye exams and distributes donated eyeglasses to those in need. On this particular trip as their truck was making its was up the clinic drive, a fellow volunteer pointed to a stray cat, otherwise known as the resident clinic cat, who had decided to make the clinic his home. Immediately taken by this cat, Brickell suddenly had an idea for a book - a children’s book set in this tropical setting where people come together to help one another.
As she observed the cat’s positive impact on the patients, and the people who worked at the clinic, including a night watchman who enjoyed feeding the cat, Brickell was determined to put pen to paper. Encouraged by her colleagues Brickell sketched out a preliminary mock-up for a book on her flight home, and the initial draft for Cinco the Clinic Cat was finished before the wheels touched down.
Drawing from her own experiences at the clinic, Brickell weaves a touching story about a little girl named Alisa who spends most days after school at the clinic where her big sister works. Alisa wants to help with the patients, but feeling lonely and out of place, fears she will only be in the way. Longing for a friend to play with she notices a friendly-looking stray cat peering up at her one afternoon as she stood in the clinic walkway. They become fast friends over the next five days, prompting Alisa to call her new friend Cinco, because Cinco means “five” in Spanish. With permission from her sister to keep Cinco, the two quickly get involved in the clinic activities, making lots of new friends along the way. Everyone loves Cinco, especially Alisa, whose wish for a friend and the opportunity to help others came true!
Cinco the Clinic Cat is dedicated to the people of Honduras, who have shown warm hospitality and friendship through many years of working together with U.S. volunteers. To honor their heritage, Cinco the Clinic Cat is bilingual. Proceeds from the sale of Cinco the Clinic Cat will go to charities that support medical clinics and provide supplies to those in need in Latin America.
For more information please visit http://www.CincoTheClinicCat.com.