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Pansy the poodle and her human friend Avery have solved mysteries all over the world—from foiling a jewel thief in Los Angeles to tracking down a talented lion cub in Africa. For their newest adventure, they travel to Rome, where a cat with culinary skills has vanished from one of the city’s best restaurants. Chef Mario is desperate to find her, so it is Pansy to the rescue! As Pansy and Avery scour Rome, listening for Angelina’s bell and sniffing the air for her signature garlic scent, they encounter such sites as the Colosseum and Trevi Fountain, and learn some useful Italian words. When they finally find Angelina, in the kitchen of a rival chef, they must teach him some lessons about stealing, envy, and the value of friendship. Most important of all, he learns that he must find his unique talent, rather than trying to copy his friend. In the end,all are reunited for a tasty picnic, and Pansy and Avery reaffirm their own special friendship. Seventh in the “Pansy the Poodle Mystery Series” of classic children’s books. Pansy in Rome is perfect for developing reading skills in young emergent readers age 3-7. Parents, teachers and librarians appreciate the heirloom-quality oversized hardcover with its extra thick pages and splendid full color illustrations.
About the Author
Cynthia Bardes and her husband, David, spend each fall at a Beverly Hills hotel with their toy poodle, Pansy. Inspiration for the Pansy stories was born out of random misfortune. One day, when crossing Wilshire Boulevard, Cynthia was struck by a car. Her injuries required surgery and a lengthy recuperation at the hotel. While bedridden, Cynthia’s vivid imagination and Pansy’s popularity with employees and guests of the hotel made for a perfect story. The Pansy the Poodle Mystery Series was born. Pansy in Rome is the 7th book of the series. A graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, Cynthia is a former dress designer and interior decorator. When not in Los Angeles, Cynthia, her husband, and Pansy live in Vero Beach, Florida. Virginia Best is an artist whose paintings and photographs have been exhibited nationally. She lives with her husband and three poodles in Derby, Vermont.