Due to the international Covid-19 pandemic, parents of grade-school age children are finding good children’s books are a Godsend for youngsters when they are on a vacation trip or at home.
One such highly-acclaimed book is the “delightful” story of two adventurous hummingbirds “Zippy and Zoomer’s Incredible Journey –3,000 Miles Over Land and Sea, Full of Daring, Danger, Adventure and Fun. “
Prolific Maryville, Tn., author Ken Paul Mink, 85, former managing editor of five daily newspapers, has come out with his 26th book and the publication, according to Amazon Books, has received strong praise from both children and parents.
The full-color book became available on Amazon Books for $11.60 in March and Amazon records indicate the book during the first month was purchased in electronic and print form in several states and more than a dozen countries (including England, Denmark, France, Spain, Italy, New Zealand, Australia, Brazil, India and Japan).
Set in the Ijams Nature Center forest of Knoxville the book follows the tiny birds as they deal with a rescue from the web of a vicious spider, figure how to deal with some bully birds who invade the neighborhood, how to help save a local farm family from a potentially fatal fire, escape from an ocean waterspout, rescue children lost in a forest, help save a bull in a Mexican bullfight. learn to play hide-and-seek in a cloud bank and how to run a Birdy Derby to see who is the fastest bird on the block.
The 56-page book also includes a series of color photos about other American birds, pages about amazing facts about hummingbirds, a page explaining all about hummingbirds, a page encouraging children to color a black-and-white illustration of Zippy and Zoomer, a page encouraging children to draw and color birds of their choice and a page with a map and directions to the popular Ijams Nature Center.
Early returns from children and adults has been overwhelmingly positive, with the book being described as “educational,” “inspirational,” “motivational,” “character building,” and “lots of fun.”
Mink has already donated thousands of dollars’ worth of books to churches and schools in Tennessee and Kentucky. The book features numerous full-color illustrations by noted cartoonist/illustrator John Rose, who is also the illustrator for the internationally-famed cartoon “Snuffy Smith.”
“I really want this book to reach as many children as possible,” said Mink, “so I am devoting most of the profits from this book to the purchase of more books to be provided free of charge to area children.”
He said. “I feel this might become a classic children’s book that will be handed down by families for generations,” he said.
Mink has created the non-profit “Hummingbird Fund” to help raise funds for free distribution of the book to thousands of youngsters, “a fun way to help children become better citizens.”
For more information or to make a comment or suggestion you may reach Mink at 3866 Legends Way, Maryville, Tn., 37801, email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone at 865-233-0094 or 865-803-8829.