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Dini Petty

Dini Petty

In this whimsical tale, three friends realize that wishes can lead to grand adventures - ships that fly, magical crowns, fire-breathing monsters and the best adventure of all - discovering yourself! The Queen, The Bear & The Bumblebee is written and performed by Dini Petty and features The Bumblebee Symphony Orchestra.

Originally written and performed as a poem to entertain children at Toronto's world-famous Hospital for Sick Children, The Queen, The Bear and The Bumblebee recording features a rich collection of classical orchestration and delightful songs to bring the magic of this enchanting story to life for the entire family.

The Queen, The Bear & The Bumblebee is also available as a beautifully illustrated hard-cover book, published by Whitecap Books in Canada and Beyond Words in the United States and also illustrated by Governor General's Award nominee Rose Cowles.

From her custom-painted pink helicopter to the jungles of the Amazon; from the chi-chi society scene to a shelter for homeless youth; Canadian talk show host and celebrity Dini Petty is a remarkably accomplished woman.

Dini's broadcast career started by accident in 1970. While having lunch with friends, a group of executives from Toronto radio station CKEY were dining nearby, talking about their need to find a woman to fly their pink helicopter and do traffic reports. One of the gentlemen who knew that Dini had done some skydiving said, "There's Dini Petty. She's crazy enough to jump out of an airplane, maybe she's crazy enough to fly a helicopter." He was correct and Dini became CKEY's "Pink Lady," earning her commercial helicopter license and logging some 5,000 hours flying time. She moved from radio to television in 1977, joining Citytv as host of her own daily talk show, Sweet City Woman. When CityPulse News took to the airwaves, Dini started as a general reporter and ended up as co-anchor of the six o'clock news. Dini went back to hosting the daytime talk show Cityline, as well as being solo anchor on the five o'clock news and finally, left Citytv in 1989. Her next stop was CTV as host of her own show. Her television career success includes 11 years as host of the national television talk show, The Dini Petty Show, four Gemini Award nominations, a number of CanPro Awards for Cityline and her documentary work done with Citytv in addition to awards for The Dini Petty Show with CTV.

Her interviewing skills have earned her international acclaim, including the NATPE International Iris Award for best international show for her touching, funny, and heart-warming interview with late comedy legend Red Skelton. This award has meant a great deal to Dini. "The greatest privilege of my television career is that Red Skelton became my good friend," Dini says.

Dini is known for her generous and compassionate nature. She is a dedicated spokesperson for Amnesty International and Operation-Go-Home (a group for street kids) and volunteers her time helping women's shelters across Canada. She is much in demand as a public speaker and last year toured the country speaking to thousands of women about battling low self-esteem. Originally titled "Things I Wish Someone had Told Me when I was in School", the seminar is now titled after the book she co-authored with Sandra Harding, A Self-Directed Journey - The Recipe and the audio cassette A Self-Directed Journey - The Beginning, Dini's personal story of how she overcame her lifelong battle with low self-esteem. The book and tape have sold more than 25,000 copies to date.

Now she adds children's author and recording artist to her repertoire, with the publication and release of The Queen, The Bear & The Bumblebee as both a hardcover book (illustrated by Governor General's Award nominee Rose Cowles) (Whitecap Books, October 2000) and a classical music recording for children with The Bumblebee Symphony Orchestra (music composed by Mark Goldman and Andrew Homzy) (The Children's Group, October 2000).

Dini dedicated The Queen, The Bear & The Bumblebee to her children, Samantha and Nick.

Dini lives near Toronto.