Andrea Susan Valentine Gelfuso Goetz is an environmental attorney who teaches law, and loves kids, animals, exploring the world and writing about it, and making people laugh.
Lindy Lou Losh – After 20+ years in corporate America, Lindy returned to her childhood dream of becoming an artist. She hopes her art will inspire others to be kind, empathetic, and inclusive. Born in Homestead, PA, Lindy now enjoys life in Brighton, CO, with her amazing husband, son, daughter, dogs, cats, and turtles.
Zuri the zebra spends her days walking back and forth in her zoo enclosure with nothing to do. When Sam the zookeeper forgets some cans of paint, Zuri’s neighbors, a pair of rascally chimpanzees, agree to help her brighten things up. The colorful zebra begins to attract a lot of attention, but everyone is more focused on the holiday season’s gift-giving to worry about the plight of the animals at the zoo. Can Zuri and her friends help change the seasons of giving after all?
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Zuri the Zebra is a delightful children’s book that combines humor, the holiday spirit, and a heartfelt message about giving back.
The story revolves around Zuri, a zebra who finds herself bored and uninspired in the confines of her enclosure in the zoo. With the help of some mischievous chimps, Zuri comes up with creative ways to draw attention to the not-so-great conditions of the zoo. Her bold expressions inspire people to re-think the meaning of the holiday season and to donate towards improving the living conditions for all the animals at the zoo.
One of the highlights of this book is the ability of the author, Andrea Gelfuso, to blend humor with a meaningful message. While the book is undeniably fun, it also serves as a subtle reminder of the conditions animals face in captivity and as a cautionary tale of getting overly caught up in the materialism that often surrounds the holidays. By cleverly weaving these messages into the story, young readers are encouraged to think about the true meaning of the holiday season.
The illustrations by Lindy Lou Losh are vibrant, colorful, and full of life. Each page is filled with images that capture the personalities of the individual animals and celebrate the diverse group of people that come to support them.
Although the story could have done more to condemn the conditions that many animals face in captivity or when put on display merely for our entertainment, it still provides a great opening to talk with kids about our relationships with animals and ways to advocate for them.
Overall, this heartwarming and playful children’s book is a must-read. The engaging storyline, witty dialogue, and captivating illustrations will keep readers of all ages entertained from start to finish.