Pippin and the River of Wonders: A Voice for Wildlife by Stacey Gerhart
Nobody knows the stories of the animals like Pippin–a girl on a mission to protect the wildlife on her favorite river. Snappy and endearing characters and well-informed wildlife will leave you cheering for nature throughout Pippin’s adventures to protect the cove. Join in the fun as this bold superhero in training for a sustainable planet uses her superpower to decipher the messages of the wildlife and protect her animal friends. Enjoy Pippin’s refreshing adventures for 9-12 year olds and nature lovers of all ages.
Targeted Age Group:: Children 9-12
Heat/Violence Level: Heat Level 1 – G Rated Clean Read
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I have a weekend home on the river that I inherited from my father over twenty years ago. During that time, I have observed wetlands being destroyed along the river. I wanted to write a book to raise awareness that many aquatic plants are protected– and provide habitat for the nursery of life along rivers– to make future generations understand the importance of protecting wetlands. I decided to tell the story through the eyes of a nine-year-old girl, and heroine for the environment, who can interpret the language of the animals that live in the wetlands. Nobody knows the stories of the animals like Pippin!
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
My husband and I have spent many years kayaking the rivers of Florida, so I envisioned a family that owned a kayaking business for the main characters. We are both veterinarians, so I included lots of fun facts about animals and nature. The main character, Pippin, is a nine-year-old girl with a superpower to interpret animal languages and a strong desire to protect her beloved river. Pippin's best friend defends her when some children make fun of her for not fitting in with their plans for parties and gossip. According to some people, Pippin is most like me.
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