My name is Renate Schalk Schreiner. I was born in East Prussia, Germany, which is now Poland. After my father died during WWII, my grandmother, mother, sister and I fled to the west of Germany in 1945 where I went to school to become a Kindergarten teacher.
I immigrated to the United States in 1964 after teaching for a few years in Germany. Following working as a housekeeper for several years, I became a Montessori teacher in Wisconsin where I stayed for 20years. Now I reside in California.
While working with young children I had many chances to read books to them. I became familiar with their likes and dislikes.
Animals usually were the front runners. Knowing children’s love for all types of these creatures inspired me to create this book, which everyone will enjoy.
My German cousin, Udo, created the wonderful illustrations that give this book life.