Wanda and Winky (First Revised March 2017)

Linda K McLean (Author) Mariah Fredericks (Editor)
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Wanda and Winky were two elephants who came together in 1999 and lived at the Detroit Zoo. Captured as babies, Wanda was a former circus performer and Winky had spent her life as an attraction at a variety of zoos. In 2005, the Detroit Zoo executive director voluntarily sent Wanda and Winky to live at the Performing Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) Ark 2000 Sanctuary in California. They were given their freedom because of arthritis and foot problems due to the cold living conditions in the northern state of Michigan. They lived out their lives with their new pachyderm friends, roaming and enjoying the acres of open space that was available to them. This book takes the reader on a poetic journey of their lives and also provides background information that aids in the understanding of the plight of this endangered and often mistreated beautiful animal.

Product Details

$12.00  $11.04
By the Creek Publications
Publish Date
August 12, 2016
8.5 X 0.1 X 8.5 inches | 0.24 pounds
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About the Author

Linda McLean was born and raised in the city of Detroit. As an educator for 39 years, she spent 15 years teaching in Detroit, and 24 years in the suburban school district of Walled Lake. She taught all of the elementary school grade levels as well as seven years in art education. The last eleven years of her teaching career were spent as the School Library Media Specialist where she became inspired to write books for children, two of which have been published. Ms. McLean enjoys travel, spending time communing with nature, kayaking, artistic endeavors, singing with community groups, reading, and writing. She has painted three Little Free Libraries for her local community. Linda is the mother of three grown children and grandmother of nine. Many hours of her time are spent enjoying the company of her loving family.
MARIAH FREDERICKS was born and raised in New York City, where she still lives with her family. She is the author of several YA novels. A Death of No Importance is her first adult novel.
Artist Statement Very simply, Art is who I am. The process of creating, imagining and implementing a visual statement is WHERE I am ... and where I have always wanted to be. There is the enjoyment of the multiple materials, endless media combinations, experimentation and the thrill of the end result. The question: Is it complete? is always there. I strive to challenge the viewer, pique their interest, inspire the imagination, transport them to a pleasant place and give them a new reality. Often my pieces are intended to take me and my viewer to a memory long secluded. This is Ms. Warner's first work as a book illustrator and she is enthusiastic about continuing in this area of the visual arts.


A true crusader at heart, Linda! Kudos to you and a call to awareness! On your waiting list! Patti Schlagheck, 1st Grade Teacher. INCREDIBLE! How exciting and wonderful and such an important, inspiring story to tell. Love that you followed your passion on this one Patti Graham, Author, Middle School Teacher The perfect present for two girls who love our Zoo - Roberta Hoffman, Parent