Hello! My name is Phoebe
When I was little, some children hurt me very badly.
I was rescued and loved by kind people. My wounds healed, but I still have scars. I found out that those children hurt me
—not because they were nasty—
but because no one had ever taught them to be kind to animals.
No one had shown them that animals are special. So, now that I am better, I have become a teller of stories and poems to teach children to love all creatures, great and small, and to care for the Earth. Now, let me tell you about my first book. It is called
The Phoebe Book of Poems for Children
It is full of poems about puppies and kittens, lions and zebras, caring and sharing, hippos and elephants, fishes and whales, the sun and the moon, stars and peace, joy and trees, this and that!
I would like to invite you to buy a copy for yourself.
When you buy one copy, you will actually be buying two.
Because for every copy I sell, I will give one to a child who has no books and needs to learn to love animals.
This is how I will be able to teach all children to love all living things.
Thanks so much for being my new friend and for helping me with my important work.
The Phoebe Book of Poems for Children By Patricia Schonstein Illustrated in colour by Izak Vollgraaff Published by The Cactus Foundation Africa and African Sun Press | Seed Readers
Closing date to purchase a pre-publication copy and to be listed as a Friend of Phoebe in the book: 30 August 2022 You will be acknowledged for helping Phoebe make real this compassionate vision of seeding kindness and care possible.
The Phoebe Book of Poems will be launched in November 2022 at the tenth Poetry in McGregor Festival and then at the Cactus Foundation Centre in Lusaka, Zambia