Helping Children to Embrace Their Uniqueness in New Children’s Book, 'The Adventures of Zander The Panda and Ezzie The Monkey'

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Do you remember feeling different than other students in your school?

Zander feels unlike all the other bears in his school – he is black and white and eats bamboo while the rest are brown or black, and eat fish and berries. Children will recognize themselves through Zander as he learns to overcome his fears and try new things.

The Adventures of Zander The Panda and Ezzie The Monkey is a lively story about Zander the Panda, who meets Ezzie the Monkey, his guide and new friend. Through their adventures, Zander learns about friendships and how to accept and enjoy his uniqueness. The book is a great resource to help children embrace their individuality and take on new challenges. Lisa Cox’s illustrations glow with joyful colors and expressions on every page. In the end, the reader and Zander discover that being you is not so terrible after all.


Ulash Thakore-Dunlap is Asian Indian, born and raised in London, England and currently residing in San Francisco, California. As a teacher, psychotherapist, and in raising a bi-racial toddler, Ulash has learned the art of using narratives and stories to explore children's thoughts, feelings and expressions of individuality. Ulash currently works as a therapist for a community mental health agency, a writer, and is a sought after speaker with a private practice in San Francisco, CA.

Lisa Cox is a San Francisco artist who has been involved in art and creative outreach for most of her life. She earned her art degree from the University of Hawaii at Manoa where the beauty and people of the islands greatly inspired her work. In addition to creating her own art in many forms (ceramics, painting, graphic design and illustration) she volunteers for various art and community organizations. Lisa is currently curator and designer at CK Gallery in Oakland, CA, runs her own Etsy shop (Pelebetty), and freelances in illustration and graphic design.

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