My Friend Gideon


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Heather S Lonczak
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8.5 X 8.5 X 0.25 inches | 0.74 pounds
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About the Author

Heather S. Lonczak holds a PhD in educational psychology and a master's degree in clinical psychology. She completed her MA practicum at Western Psychiatric Institute and was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship from the Department of Psychology at the University of Washington. She has extensive experience as a research scientist in the fields of psychology, psychiatry, and social work, and is a certified DSM-5 clinical interviewer. She has published numerous peer-reviewed social science articles and ten children's books aimed at promoting positive youth development and empathy for animals. Dr. Lonczak lives in Seattle with her beloved family and pets.
Heather S. Lonczak, Ph.D., is an Educational Psychologist, writer and poet who has published a number of scholarly articles primarily aimed at promoting positive youth development. She also has published several works of fiction designed to empower and entertain young readers while promoting childhood literacy. Given her love of nature, Dr. Lonczak also has completed various creative works aimed at increasing empathy toward wildlife. She lives in Seattle with her beloved husband, children, and critters.


"Heather Lonczak's poetic writing on environmental issues brings a much needed voice to efforts to protect amphibians and other threatened species. In My Friend Gideon, Heather takes the lessons learned from her own childhood experience with frogs and creates an inspiring story for the youth of today." - Dr. Kerry Kriger - SAVE THE FROGS! Founder, Executive Director & Ecologist

"My Friend Gideon is an educational picture book that suggests ways to take care of animals and the natural educational picture book that suggests ways to take care of animals and the natural environment." - Foreword Reviews

"The book successfully delivers a sometimes difficult-to-accept message to young children who mean well, but whose pet choices might not always be practical. Inspiring appreciation for wildlife in its natural environment, My Friend Gideon is a sweet and memorable child's tale." - BlueInk Review

"A thoughtful, educational lesson for animal lovers." - Kirkus Reviews