…A True Story of Healing Hearts
Banguero’s book tells of Paolo’s rescue from the wild last year with his three siblings. They were healthy, but Paolo’s chest hadn’t fully developed and his heart and lungs were under stress. The kitten grew short of breath easily and his prospects seemed grim.
“Paolo made an amazing recovery and so did I,” says author Carolyn Banguero who was on the heart transplant list one year ago. “I never did get a transplant and have made a near complete recovery that doctors cannot explain,” says the author of Paolo’s Adventures who has had to give up teaching elementary school because of her health.
“One of the reasons I wrote a book about Paolo’s heart problems and corrective surgery was simply to have something to do while I was being treated. I knew his story because I volunteer at the shelter that rescued him and oversaw his medical treatment.”
Paolo’s Adventures, geared toward elementary-school aged children, reveals what happened next and where Paolo is today. “The happy news is that Paolo’s health outlook is very good and he’s recently celebrated his first birthday. He lives in this area and will be coming to some book events with me because the book raises money for the shelter that saved him.”
A book by Carolyn Banguero, illustrated by Betsy Schairer
Paolo’s Adventures – The Tale of a Very Brave Little Kitty
(Excerpts – come back to read new weekly excerpt)
‘One cold, frosty November morning, a little family of kittens woke up in the woods. There were four brothers and sisters. Two kittens had shiny, black fur and bright green eyes. The other two had soft, fluffy orange fur with white stripes and white paws. The two orange kittens looked pretty much the same on the outside but were very different on the inside. One of them, Paolo, for some reason, when he ran, quickly lost his breath, and he didn’t know why! This made poor Paolo certainly sad. Each time the kittens played chase or tag or climbed a tree, Paolo had to stay behind in the grass or sit on a log.’
“One day, while the kitten family was busy catching mice for breakfast, they saw a different kind of animal. This animal stood on two legs and had fur only on the top of the head. Paolo thought he had seen this type of animal before. He knew they could be very mean. Once, Paolo saw two of these animals with nets catching other cats. This animal did not have a net and walked up to the kittens slowly and spoke in a soft voice.
“I think that is called a person. Mother told me about them,” Paolo’s brother said.
“Here kitty, kitty,” the voice said.
A large hand reached out and patiently waited. No one went near that hand! After a while, the person left. However, something caught the kittens’ eyes. It was a large box with an open door. Paolo and the rest of the kittens went near and saw that inside there was a bowl of meat.”
“Paolo decided he was too hungry to resist. He crept slowly to the entrance of the box. It was extremely scary looking. Paolo’s nose caught the scent of delicious tuna. He heard his brother and sisters sitting nearby and holding their breath in anticipation. Paolo put one paw in front of the other very slowly and then took one step inside the dark box. Nothing happened. As soon as Paolo fully entered the box, the door slammed shut behind him.
What could Paolo do now?”
“Who are you? Where are you?” Paolo asked.
“I’m Teddy. And you must be Paolo! I heard them talking about you.” Teddy had the same orange striped fur, only he was much bigger. He was in the cage next to Paolo and could see through the bars on the cage.”
About the Author:
Carolyn Banguero loves reading to children, salsa dancing and traveling. She taught third grade for eight years before her heart condition forced her retirement. She volunteers at MEOW Cat Rescue in Kirkland, Washington which is where she first learned about Paolo. A percentage of her book’s proceeds are being donated to MEOW. She lives in Newcastle, Washington with her husband, Edgar, her cats Gia and Kensey and her dog, Jana.
About the Illustrator:
Betsy Schairer is a mixed media artist and graduate of Western Washington University. She works at Northwest College of Art in Poulsbo, WA and is the proud Cat-Mom of a 10-year-old tabby named Puck.