Cardinal Bird Reaches Out To Lonely Blue Jay In New Children's Book

The new book "Simon and the Buddy Branch" (published by Lulu) by Patricia Ann Simon R.N. shares a story of love, acceptance and kindness. In the book, Simon, a cardinal bird, reaches out to a lonely blue jay named Buddy who is different from other birds.

Simon understands what it's like to be born looking different than others. When he hatched, his beak had a gap, making it difficult for him to eat, smile and sing. With help from his special friend, Patty, Simon now thrives and works to teach his friends that everyone is different in their own way and it's OK.

One day, Simon spots a sad blue jay named Buddy sitting in a tree. No one came to Buddy's birthday party because he's different. Simon and Patty gather their friends, Fallon, Susie, Pixie, Coco, Jose, Pete and Mark, to make Buddy feel special. They create the Buddy Branch, a place where birds can come when they feel lonely.

"This book speaks of exclusion and the impact it has on others," Simon says. "Exclusion is a form of bullying. Think before you react. Put yourself in other people's shoes and try and be a good person each and every day. An act of kindness goes a long way."

"Simon and the Buddy Branch"
By Patricia Ann Simon R.N.
Softcover | 8.5 x 8.5 in | 32 pages | ISBN 9780998878621
E-Book | 32 pages | ISBN 9780998878638
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Patricia Simon R.N., was born in 1961 with a cleft lip and palate and has undergone many surgeries. She has dedicated her life to advocating for those affected by cleft lip and palate. Simon is passionate about educating and helping others to provide quality care to patients affected by clefts and craniofacial differences. She has also written "Smile with Simon."

Lulu empowers people of all ages to explore and express their interests, passions and expertise through books, photography and art. Since introducing self-publishing in 2002, Lulu has empowered creators in more than 225 countries and territories to produce nearly two million publications. Lulu Jr. allows children to become published authors, encouraging creativity, strengthening literacy and building self-esteem. offers professional photography of collegiate and professional sports, memorable and historic events, fine art and home décor. For more information, please visit

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