Bird Lady Meets Mort and Ort In “It’s a Great Day for Grocery Shopping!”
About the Book
This book is the third in the series written by Gramma Golden to educate children and adults about their responsibility to help improve the health and well-being of upcoming generations. It is a coloring book conversation that raises awareness of childhood bullying and the need to encourage and practice kindness and healthy eating lifestyles. The story picks up from book two as Bird Lady arrives home from taking a vacation at the beach. While flying home, she finds her airplane seat and seatbelt to be a bit tight and uncomfortable as are her shoes. She attributes it to possibly eating too much food while on vacation and vows to do a much better job of choosing what to eat when she gets back home. The following day, she embarks on her grocery shopping trip with the intent to fill her cupboards, refrigerator and freezer with her favorite foods. Suddenly, through the mist of the water sprayer over the fresh vegetables in the supermarket, she sees the main characters of the book, her friends Mort and Ort Aahkamort. They are the colorful pair of birds who have taught her lessons before about gardening and caring for the environment. She is hopeful they might teach her this time about making better food choices. They all decide to go visit awhile in the coffee shop where Bird Lady confesses to them her seat, seatbelt and shoes all felt tight on the trip home. She also shared she had been bullied as a child and how she had been left out of many activities growing up. The remainder of the story revolves around their plan to help Bird Lady consider exercising more, practice wise shopping habits, eating healthy foods, and sharing her story about how bullying affected her. She realizes her desire is to teach children to treat others with kindness.
About the Author
Janet E. Golden (Gramma Golden) is a retired Registered Nurse and Health Care Educator. Her forty-three year professional career was mostly spent in nursing administration and healthcare education. Her profession naturally requires of her to teach others how to care for themselves and others. Janet is a certified representative of the State of Illinois Long Term Care Ombudsman Program, a Hospice volunteer and a volunteer weekly at her church. As an author, she strives to teach young readers to care for and be responsible stewards of the environment as well as to care for one another. It is through her voice that the same characters as in her first and second books come alive again in her third book. After serving eight years on a local school board, Janet understands the importance of all grade levels of education starting with providing a solid foundation at the elementary level. All three of her books offer parents and teachers the tools with which to teach children how to use best gardening practices, help marine wildlife thrive, strive for following good nutrition habits and treating one another with kindness. Janet lives in a suburb of Chicago with her husband of fifty-one years. They have two married children and three grandsons.