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New Children's Book, "Felini the Flea", Highlights Inclusion and Encouragement for Special Needs Kids

Of the nearly one million picture books available for children, only a handful feature characters with disabilities. Author Bruno Rossi seeks to remedy this with his book, "Felini the Flea."
  • <strong>Book Cover</strong>
  • <strong>Life in Fleatown</strong>
  • <strong>Felini close up</strong>
  • <strong>Bruno Rossi</strong>
  • <strong>Felini being bullied</strong>
    LOS ANGELES, CA, April 17, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/ -- People with disabilities, particularly children, have long struggled for inclusion and equality. The Special Olympics has found that kids with disabilities are bullied fifty percent more than any other group. Rossi believes that more books for children and adolescents should feature characters with disabilities. It will help people to understand and accept those with special needs as normal people and to look beyond their disabilities, seeing them for who they truly are.

Felini the Flea features the remarkable drawings of award-winning Illustrator, Lizette Duvenage and centers around Felini Rizzo, a one-legged flea. The Rizzos, a close-knit and talented family of fleas, live in Fleatown, an idyllic community nestled in the mangy fur of Buford, the world's laziest dog. Aldo and Bina Rizzo are the proprietors of the Rizzo Flea Circus, where they, along with their daughters, perform death-defying feats that delight audiences. Felini, however, doesn't perform, not because he is disabled, but because he's afraid of being teased.

Felini often feels lonely and dejected, but that all changes when fate lends a hand. He is given a chance to overcome his fear and in the process discovers his own worth.

What's inspiring about Rossi's book is the message that all children, especially the less fortunate, have a unique gift they must uncover. Rossi states that, Disability is often the inspiration for ability, and should not define who we are.

Bruno Rossi is originally from Chicago and currently resides in Southern California. He has written various children's stories, all which empower children in a fun, creative manner. His inspiration for children's stories comes from his own experiences and more recently from his nephew, who was diagnosed with Giant Axonal Neuropathy (G.A.N). A portion of the book's profits will be donated to various children's organizations.

Felini the Flea is available in paperback ISBN-13: 978-1482530339 and Kindle.

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