What do Kendra, Lucy and Tony learn when they go to the zoo with Aunt Rose? They discover that, just like their animal friends, they should eat nutritious foods to grow strong and fit! This charmingly illustrated book educates children in the first steps toward a wholesome lifestyle. At the zoo, the children learn that a proper diet, plenty of water and exercise keep the animals healthy. When it’s time for the children’s lunch, Aunt Rose teaches them how they can eat smart to live healthy – just like their zoo friends!
“Wow! I loved it! The concept is so simple and straight forward. The illustrations are so soft and warm, yet they are very detailed.”
Karen Gibson, RD WIC Director,
University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston
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Meet the Creators
Malissa Martin Wilke
Malissa Martin Wilke is a writer and artist living in Lawrence, Kansas. With a professional history in development and administration of non-profit social services for at-risk children and teens, part of her current work focuses on helping underserved and disadvantaged youngsters understand good health and positive life choices. She also consults in fundraising and writes grants for social services non-profits, primarily for local-level Communities In Schools programs, which are part of the nation’s leading stay-in-school network.
Outside the social services arena, Malissa concentrates on writing creative non-fiction and fiction and has a novel in progress. She is also an abstract artist specializing in encaustic painting, an ancient art form which has regained significant popularity in recent years. Malissa is married to Phil Wilke, of Kansas Public Radio, who is also a writer and with whom she is collaborating on a series of columns about everyday life and blended families. She is the mother of two sons, Joshua and Joel, and two step-daughters, Carolyn and Ally.
David Shackelford was born and raised in the central valley of California, and has lived in virtually it’s entire length, top to bottom. He has lived in Austin, Texas since 1993. David has been a professional artist and illustrator for more than 25 years.
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