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Hens for Friends © The Gryphon Press

by Claire Buchwald and
Sarah Buchlaw
illustrations by Rebecca Evans

ISBN: 978-0-940719-29-3
$17.95 trade cloth

April 2016

24 pages
color illustrations throughout
For ages 5 and up

 
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In this beautifully illustrated picture book, Noah finds out from his animal friends why fur belongs on animals, not people. Sitting on his bed with his cat Mango and his furry toy animals, Noah asks, “Why do you get to have fur coats, but I don’t?”

In his dream that night, Noah’s animals offer a variety of answers. He learns how vital each animal’s
coat is to its survival and happiness.

Through light-hearted, engaging, and informative interactions, Friends in Fur Coats tackles the difficult topic of why using animal fur is inherently inhumane. Children learn in vivid detail what makes each animal’s fur unique, as well as other facts special
to each animal.

The vibrant illustrations and language illuminate and stress the beauty and vitality of real fur-bearing animals while making a connection to children’s beloved plush toys as stand-ins for animals that need their protection and care

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PRAISE FOR Friends in Fur Coats:
“Young Noah, like most children, is so attuned to animals that he joins them in his dreams, wondering why he has skin rather than fur. This lovely book looks at the ways animals benefit from their fur. It is beautifully rendered and fun to read.”
 —Janisse Ray, author of
Ecology of A Cracker Childhood
, and six other titles,
Georgia Writers Hall of Fame honoree

ABOUT AUTHOR / ARTIST

Claire Buchwald, the author of four children's picture books, including "Max Talks to Me" (The Gryphon Press, 2007) and "Are You Ready for Me" (The Gryphon Press, 2009), has a Ph.D. in communication and works to promote and study the power of imagination in people's lives. Claire is also the Director of FOCUS Interactive Research and a Program Planner for GTS Educational Events.

Sarah Buchlaw will graduate from The Saint Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists in 2016. Sarah has performed in theater in the Twin Cities, is a committed writer who is passionate about using her arts background to make the world a more just place.

Claire, Sarah, and the rest of their family live with a rescued dog and two rescued cats in Bloomington, Minnesota.

Rebecca Evans, the illustrator of nine previous children's picture book's, is an illustrator and author living in Maryland. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Visual Art from Messiah College with a concentration in Drawing and Illustration. She worked for nine years as an artist and designer before returning to her first love: children’s book illustration and writing. Her experience includes illustrating and authoring children’s books, teaching art at the local Art Center, and publishing artwork with magazines and multiple publishing houses. She enjoys spending time with her husband and three young children, and working from her home studio.

The Gryphon Press, a voice for the voiceless www.thegryphonpress.com. .