Friday, July 11, 2014

Sweet Success! Maria Faulconer

Compiled by Kathie Scrimgeour

Maria Faulconer is excited to announce the April release of her latest children's book, A Mom for Umande by Dial Books for Young Readers. It received a starred review on Kirkus and is available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.  Maria was inspired to write Umande after seeing a photograph of a baby gorilla snuggling in the arms of his surrogate mom. An adoptive mom herself, she was captivated by the joy on their faces and knew she had to write a story about this resilient little gorilla.

This is the true story of a baby gorilla, born at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in Colorado, whose mom was too young and didn't know how to take care of him. He was hand-reared by the amazing zookeepers and found love 1,000 miles away in the arms of a surrogate gorilla mom at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium.  

About the Author:   Maria Faulconer's first children's book, Arianna and the Strawberry Tea, was promoted on a national morning talk show, named a shelf-talker at Barnes & Noble, and used for a state-wide literacy program. It contains recipes for Strawberry Tea and Chocolate Tarts. A teacher and counselor by profession, Maria writes for Colorado Springs Style Magazine. Ms. Faulconer has also received several mentions in local as well as national publications. To read more just follow the links.

N.Y. Times:  Click Here
USA TodayClick Here
The GazetteClick Here

You can find Maria at her website:

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