Meeting With ‘The Caretakers of the Animals’

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Children will learn more about the importance of kindness and cooperation through this delightful picture book

From author LaVonne L. Lewis comes The Caretakers of the Animals, a delightful picture book that will surely open children’s minds as it teaches the importance of kindness and cooperation. While the children are still young, parents should instill the important values that will shape their character. Their learning will guide them in dealing with others and in facing life’s tests. In this book, kids and their parents will discover how light a burden becomes when they receive love and support from the people around them.

Readers will meet a family of gnomes, known as the caretakers of the animals. Helping animals in need has been their job since the beginning of time. One chilly evening, a bunny couple visits their humble home to ask help because their baby is lost. The Daddy and Mommy gnome then organize a search team, including Daddy and Mommy Bunny, to rescue the baby bunny before she is harmed. The team has to go to the place where her parents left her, and to get there, everyone has to cross a bridge inhabited by mean trolls.

The Caretakers of the Animals exhibits the admirable leadership of the gnomes and the strategies they employ to rescue a poor animal. Kids all over the world will get to know the gnome family and learn how they use their role in the animal community in a selfless way. With vibrant pastel illustrations between its covers, this book entertains the young ones and cultivates understanding and love for learning.

The Caretakers of the Animals will be featured at the Beijing International Book Fair in Beijing, China, which will run September 2-6, 2010. For more information on The Caretakers of the Animals, log on to

About the Author
Dr. LaVonne L. Lewis has a Doctoral Degree in Psychology and is also a Critical Care Nurse. She spent a great deal of her time working with children in both areas of her expertise. She received the 2007 National Nurse Hero Award. She has also received the prestigious Call to Service Lifetime Achievement Medal from the President of the United States for volunteering over 6000 hours helping others in need. She closed down her private practice of Psychology when her daughter Elizabeth was born. She lives in a log home with her husband and daughter (their tree house) in a forest community in California. Lewis’ inspirations for her story came when it was nap time for Elizabeth. She and Elizabeth would cuddle together on the couch and the author would begin weaving gnome stories. Elizabeth loved the stories and could not get enough of them. This is the first of the many stories the author told Elizabeth.

The Caretakers of the Animals * by LaVonne L. Lewis
Publication Date: September 15, 2009
Picture Book; $15.99; 24 pages; 978-1-4415-7252-3
Picture Book Hardcover; $25.99; 24 pages; 978-1-4415-7253-0

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