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    Spotlight: Zebra-Striped Whale

    A Mask … You Ask? is a delightful new children’s picture book that assists young children with the concept of wearing a protective face mask.

    The need for masks can be daunting for children – and certainly comes with its own set of challenges. With some help from the Zebra-Striped Whale, young readers take pride in knowing that – even in a mask – they remain uniquely themselves … and truly one-of-a-kind.

    Shari Faden Donahue is a book author/illustrator and publisher who made a splash with her original Zebra-Striped Whale character in four of her ten published titles including:

    • The Zebra-Striped Whale with the Polka-Dot Tail (2001);
    • Zebra-Striped Whale Alphabet Book (2012);
    • Zebra-Striped Whale Polka-Dot Power (2018);
    • A Mask … You Ask? (2021).

    Her lovable character also inspired the opening of the award-winning Zebra-Striped Whale Ice Cream Café located at 12 S. State Street in historic Newtown, Bucks County in 2004.

    Donahue has a BA in Psychology from University of Pennsylvania and MBA in Marketing from Drexel University. She and her husband, Tom, co-illustrators of this title, have resided in New Hope for over 25 years.

    Donahue also founded Arimax Books Publishing in 1992, and enjoys consulting with writers and illustrators who wish to publish their own children’s books. H

    er informative 392-page adult book, “Children’s Picture Books: How to Self-Publish Your Way to Success!”, was the recipient of the Ben Franklin Silver Award.

    A Mask … You Ask? may be purchased at Zebra-Striped Whale Ice Cream Cafe, local bookstores including Newtown Book Shop, and Amazon.com.

    Stop into Zebra-Striped Whale on State Street in Newtown for a decadent ice cream treat, luscious crepe, gourmet chocolate-dipped pretzels, or specialty coffee drink – and be sure to have Shari Faden Donahue personalize autographed copies of her Zebra-Striped Whale titles for your favorite little ones!

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