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A Mom for Umande

The heart-tugging true story of how a baby gorilla found love in the arms of a surrogate mom.

When Umande was born, his mother didn’t know how to take care of him. So, he was hand-reared by keepers at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in Colorado Springs. For eight months, the keepers crawled on the ground with him to show him how to walk; coughed in his face to teach him discipline; and gave him happy gorilla grumbles to encourage him. But for Umande, something was still missing. Luckily, a thousand miles away at the Columbus Zoo, a mom was waiting just for him.

This touching true story about finding a family will resonate with animal lovers and adoptive families alike.

Illustrated by Susan Kathleen Hartung

Arianna and the Strawberry Tea

When Arianna and Monsieur Le Bear arrive unexpectedly at the Grand Hotel, no one is prepared to welcome them. For centuries this elegant hotel has been home to kings, sultans and rajahs, but children and bears... never. Until Arianna's spunky charm wins everyone's hearts.

The Loss of Innocents


An award-winning commentary on the tragedy of war and violence as seen through the eyes of children in Northern Ireland and the United States.