The author, co-founder of the Middle East’s first ‘green & purpose-over-profit’ children’s nurseries, will donate royalties from the sale of her book series to Wildlife Vets International.
Pedro the Puerto Rican Parrot, the first children’s picture book in its seven-book series, Together We Can Change the World, is all about children and endangered animals, and is being published this month.
The series, written by Beverly Jatwani, has not only been backed by Wildlife Vets International, but the author has pledged that all royalties from the sale of the books in the series will go to the non-profit organisation.
The story of Pedro the Puerto Rican Parrot follows the title character as he is left injured on the doorstep of the local animal rescue centre. A young boy, Dominic, becomes besotted with the bird and wishes to nurse Pedro back to full health.
The Puerto Rican parrot is one of the rarest birds on Earth, with only around 600 left in the wild and in breeding programmes. The main reason for their dwindling number is due to their loss of habitat through deforestation.
Through this book, Beverly hopes to raise awareness around the endangered species and support Wildlife Vets International at the same time, who are working towards various conservation efforts.
Having witnessed how children engage with nature, Beverly was inspired to write a series of children’s books that capture the innate love and affinity that children have with Mother Earth.
“Through these seven beautifully illustrated and tenderly written books, I hope to take children on their own journey to discover how even little people can make a positive impact on our planet and all living things through love, compassion and gratitude,” said Beverly.
Illustrator Sunita Chawdhary said the project brings together themes such as “wellbeing of people and the planet, and how we are connected through ’emotional superpowers’ such as love and compassion.”
The book’s wildlife-focused message is supported by the non-profit organisation Wildlife Vets International.
Wildlife Vets International is a charity which has been helping people working on the conservation frontline since 2004, making sure they can get the veterinary expertise they need to protect endangered species.
The charity works with partners around the globe who are involved with a wide range of threatened species, from Amur tigers in Russia and forest elephants in Africa, to sea turtles in the Mediterranean and parakeets (similar to Pedro) in Mauritius.
“With the current pandemic having shone a spotlight on the interface between humans, wildlife and the health of the planet, we feel it’s more important than ever to make sure that good veterinary science is accessible to those working at the heart of conservation.
“We are delighted to be associated with Pedro and hope he will entertain and educate children for years to come,” Olivia Walter, Executive Director of Wildlife Vets International said.
Pedro the Puerto Rican Parrot is published by Little Steps Publishing and is available to buy online at various retailers and bookstores.
For more details, visit Little Steps Publishing’s website.
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