Title: The Adventures of Happy & Big Wanda
Author: Happy Johnson
Foreword: Lt. Gen. Russel L. Honore’, Army (Ret.)
Illustrator: Joe Badon
Library of Congress Control Number: 2010918513
Publisher: Team Happy Foundation
Imprint: Press Star Saddle & Stitch
Copyright: December 2010
Dimensions: Paperback, 8x8x0.5
Primary Subjects: Children’s Fiction; Action & Adventure;
Disaster Preparedness for Youth; Environmental Stewardship, Sustainability (Ages 6 to 10)
Shipment: Each order receives USPS delivery confirmation.
Bibliographical Notes: Fictional children’s picture book (Ages 6 to 10) about an adopted teen named Young Happy who plays the trumpet for his high school marching band. Young Happy also drives Big Wanda – a rusty old pick-up truck fueled by vegetable oil. Driving to a snowball stand before the start of an unexpected storm, Happy and Big Wanda’s perennial preparedness enables them to help their neighbors in need with disaster supplies made from recycled material.
The interactive book includes a hurricane preparedness checklist, word search, fill-in-the-blank, coloring pages and safety pledge.
The purpose of this book is to encourage children and youth to prepare for disasters with their families, teachers, and friends through environmentally sustainable habits; it also serves as the curriculum core for the THF Youth Preparedness Program which has equipped thousands of youth with disaster readiness skills.
Praise from world-renowned poet Nikki Giovanni: “I appreciate the lessons you are teaching. Everyone should have a copy of Big Wanda.”
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