One of my son's favorite places is theAkron Zoo
(Ohio) -- or as he calls it "The Small Zoo." His description is by no means an insult. It is just the right size for a child his age with many exhibits that allow him to see the animals without having to be picked up. We have been members of this zoo for many years and I had the pleasure of working there for two summers. When I saw that it was Janell Cannon's birthday I immediately thought a trip to this zoo would be the perfect birthday celebration.
Janell Cannon said, "I tend to root for the underdog, and so when an animal is generally misunderstood and unpopular with humans, I question how this bad rep has developed." (Harcourt
). Her debut book was Stellaluna
, a story about a fruit bat that develops a friendship with three birds by learning about their differences. She has also written stories about a python, a cockroach, and a hyena. Cannon developed the talent of presenting unappreciated animals to children when she developed summer reading programs at the Carlsbad Library in California where she worked as a graphic artist. - Click here to read more