Sharing Family History the Inspiration for New Children’s Story

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The art of storytelling and familial pride beam from the pages of Toco the Toucan’s first book.

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I’ve been an avid reader ever since. Years later, my father got into genealogy, which combined with my mother’s influence inspired Toco’s story.

Toco the Toucan’s first book, You Can Do What A Toucan Can Do Too! If Toco Can So Can You embraces the art of storytelling and familial pride. It lovingly illustrates the tale of Toco the Toucan, the little toucan who couldn’t fly—and how all the other school birds make fun of him. It’s not until his mother consoles him and shares their family history that he learns to take pride in himself and his differences.

The new children’s book, available via Blurb, the creative book publishing service, is the perfect storytelling book for parents of young children.

"'You Can Do What A Toucan Can Do Too' is a wonderfully inspiring story," says new mother and media relations executive, Adriana Saldana. "I enjoy reading to my one-year-old, especially positive stories about believing in yourself - it's never too early! Toco's tale is creatively written and my son marvels at the beautiful illustrations."

An excerpt of the book highlights Toco’s mother consoling her son and sharing their family history:

"His mama she told him not to worry so
She hopped from the bedroom
And returned all aglow

She carried an album of pictures quite old
She said it was family
And such stories she told!"

A complete 15-page preview of Toco’s tale is available online.

"My mother read to me and got me hooked on books very early in my life," says Kevin Grossman, the story’s author. "I’ve been an avid reader ever since. Years later, my father got into genealogy, which combined with my mother’s influence inspired Toco’s story."

The new children’s book is a perfect balance vivid artwork and playful prose for all ages. "You Can Do What A Toucan Can Do Too! If Toco Can So Can You" can be ordered online at http://www.blurb.com/bookstore/detail/109053 just in time for the holidays.

About Jerry Tanner (The Toucan King) and Kevin Grossman (The Writer)

Jerry Tanner has been interested in art since he was a kid. His formal art studies started in high school and he received his bachelor’s degree in graphic communication from San Diego State University. He has been active in the creative field for more than 30 years and his most recent art exhibits include Santa Cruz Open Studios in October 2006 and 2007. Jerry is a lead graphic designer and illustrator at Harding Marketing.

Kevin Grossman is a published writer who met his first toucan in Costa Rica in 1998. He enjoys reading, music, drumming, hiking, and travel. He received his BA in psychology from San Jose State University. Kevin is the COO at HRmarketer.com, the no. 1 marketing and PR firm for the human resource marketplace.

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