I'm so pleased to take part in a very special event celebrating Maria Faulconer's touching picture book, A MOM FOR UMANDE, and mothers everywhere. Mothers come in all sorts of packages, from natural moms, to adoptive moms, to women who stepped in and raised us in the best way they knew how. No matter what form they come in, mothers are a special group of women who deserve to be honored this Mother's Day, and today I am excited to share my own tribute to a very special woman. Here are all of the details about A MOM FOR UMANDE, plus my own special tribute. There is also a giveaway opportunity, so be sure to enter!
Monday, May 4th - Coffee Books 7 Art
Monday, May 4th - 21st Century Once Upon a Times
Thursday, May 7th- In Between the Pages
Thursday, May 7th- Beauty and the Armageddon
Thursday, May 7th- Deal Sharing Aunt
Friday, May 8th- The Phantom Paragrapher
Friday, May 8th- Curling Up With a Good Book
Friday, May 8th- Stacy S. Jensen
Saturday, May 9th- Ishiee's Book Blog
Saturday, May 9th- Maureen's Books
Sunday, May 10th- LuLo Fangirl
Sunday, May 10th- Refreshingly Riki
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 Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble
Maria Faulconer has published fiction and nonfiction for children and adults. She loves writing stories, especially ones that tug at the heartstrings. A huge animal lover, and an adoptive mom herself, she knew when she saw a photo of a baby gorilla snuggling with his surrogate mom that she had to tell their story - A Mom for Umande. Her first children's book, Arianna and the Strawberry Tea, was used for a statewide literacy program. She currently writes for Colorado Springs Style magazine and is working on a YA novel. She lives in Colorado with her husband and two children.