Join us for the first installment of our Brooklyn storytime in which author Shari Bitterman reads from her new picture book, SIMON THE SNAIL.
Simon the snail is born into a family full of love. He has three beautiful sisters who shower him with praise. His father thinks Simon is the most handsome snail in the world, and he brings his mother nothing but joy. However, it soon becomes apparent to everyone that Simon is unlike other young snails, and his mother starts to worry.
The other little snails tease Simon because they think he isn't smart. He struggles early on with almost everything and faces even more difficulties as he tries to deal with the demands of school. His teacher, Mrs. Slugly, is not very understanding or kind and reacts negatively toward Simon's predicament, which only worries his mother all the more.
Ultimately, his family's show of support and acceptance win out and Simon realizes that he will overcome his struggles, as he is a most extraordinary snail. Simon the snail faces many challenges, but he triumphs in the end because of his mother's encouragement and unconditional love and his own willingness to do his very best.
Shari Bitterman was born and raised in New York City and has been an elementary school teacher here for over 23 years. In 2005 she achieved National Board Certification and was honored with the award of “Title I Distinguished Educator” by the New York State Department of Education. She has personally experienced the difficulties faced by families living with children who are developmentally disabled. Her daughter’s bravery, determination and eventual success were what encouraged Shari to develop a character like Simon; one who is able to overcome challenges and inspire others with similar obstacles.